Maybe I’m just having a bad day, but I found “Trouble with the Curve” embarrassing. Poor acting, and an implausible plot.
It’s about Eastwood, an aging baseball scout, who has a poor relationship with his daughter. She helps him on his baseball scouting job because John Goodman (his friend) pleads with her to help good old Dad. She walks away from a good law job where she is trying to become a partner of a law firm to do this. She has a lousy relationship with Eastwood in the first place, so why would she want to help him?
Eastwood goes to his wife’s grave to sing “You are my sunshine.” How hokey is that? The date on the headstone is 1945- 1984. That means that Eastwood, who is 83, would be married to a woman a lot younger than him. I don’t think so! ( Unless you are a rich movie star.)
First of all, why would an 83-year-old guy, Clint Eastwood, be scouting baseball players for a major baseball team? Not only is Clint old, but the other actors who play scouts seem pretty old too. I guess this was to make Eastwood seem like a 50 something kind of guy. (The movie would’ve been better with a 50 or 60 something actor playing the part.)
My other problem is the actress, Amy Adams, who plays his daughter. I do think she should go to acting school. She used the same tone of voice through the movie, and it was annoying. She does have nice long hair which she flips around a lot.
I had trouble buying that she would be Clint’s daughter, but Eastwood did have his 30 something son playing a minor part in the movie. (Clint is a movie star, after all.) In real life, Adams would’ve passed for his granddaughter. Their relationship seems so distant that it’s hard to believe she would leave her important law job to help him.
Justin Timberlake plays her love interest. He does take off all his clothes, except his underwear if you’re looking for a little thrill. There is practically no chemistry between Adams and Timberlake.
The story is one of those feel good movies with a happy ending. If you like baseball trivia, you might enjoy some of the patter going on between Timberlake and Adams. If you can suspend your belief system, you might be able to buy this movie.
I have to give Clint credit for acting although he’s too old for the part. He’s about the only one besides John Goodman who seems to know how to act.
If you are a baseball fan, like the actors, and enjoy a predictable story—this movie is for you.
- The Trouble with “The Curve” (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Eastwood plays scout in ‘Trouble with the Curve’ (mlb.mlb.com)