Trouble with the Curve

{4.5/5} “It must be so rewarding being one of your close friends.”

Gus is an aging baseball scout who’s having vision problems. Mickey, his daughter, is a lawyer who is up for partner. The two of them don’t talk very much. Gus is going to need some help if he’s going to check out a new player — and Mickey could give him that help, because she used to accompany him on his scouting trips when she was young. But Gus isn’t really that much fun to be around.

Trouble with the Curve, released in 2012

It’s a movie that makes you think about what’s important in your life. That’s not a new topic, but it’s done very well here. What do you do when someone refuses to talk about the things you want to talk about? Is it possible that what’s best for someone you care about is for them to be far away from you?

The movie is funny, touching, and even a bit romantic. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.

Clint Eastwood (In the Line of Fire, Gran Torino) plays Gus and Amy Adams (The Muppets, Junebug) plays Mickey. Eastwood and Adams are both amazing actors and it’s lovely to see them together. Eastwood hasn’t starred in a movie that he hasn’t directed since In the Line of Fire, and that was in 1993.

Justin Timberlake (In Time) plays Johnny, a former pitcher, now scout, hopefully soon-to-be announcer. John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and George Wyner (Spaceballs) round out the cast. Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino), Clint’s son, has a small part.

The movie was directed by Robert Lorenz. This is his first movie as director — he’s been first assistant director and second assistant director on many movies, including Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby.

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