Review: When there’s a movie that is sport based, you expect a clichéd script. A bad team/ player that suddenly becomes a godly thanks to an awesome coach or a mentor. Trouble With The Curve, however, is slightly different. The movie is about an intense and difficult, yet delightful relationship between a father and a daughter. Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout (a scout’s job is to hunt good baseball players and recommend them to national baseball leagues) who is nearing the end of his career. Gus is a typical aging angry American. He is tough, crass and offensive. His daughter Mickey Lobel (Amy Adams) is a lawyer at a hotshot law firm who loves her father but no matter how hard she tries to get close to him, he keeps pushing her away. During one scouting trip Mickey decides to join her dad (after a little persuasion) and help him out as well as take care of him. This is where the real story starts.
Trouble With The Curve is slow and doesn’t really pick up at any point but it does showcase the intricate details of the father-daughter relationship. The movie throws into light the idea of “like father, like daughter”. Gus is plain pissed about Mickey’s presence while the “emotionally unavailable” Mickey finds solace and comfort in Johnny (Justin Timberlake). The story is straightforward. With no unexpected twists, it’s quite plain, simple and a serene delight to watch.
Clint Eastwood has a done an outstanding job as Gus Lobel. No one could have done the role better. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake played justice to their roles as well. Amay Adams in particular did phenomenally well. Robert Lorenz’s (Director) job was made easier thanks to a cast with exceptional talent.
Verdict: A slow paced delight to watch. Also, Clint Eastwood, for the win!
Cast & Crew: Clint Eastwood, Chelcie Ross, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Ed Lauter, Amy Adams, Clifton Guterman, Carla Fisher, George Wyner, Bob Gunton, Jack Gilpin, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick, John Goodman, Nathan Wright
Director: Robert Lorenz
Length: 1 hr 31 mins
Writer: Randy Brown