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Trouble With The Curve September 20, 2012

Posted by Alichat in Life, Movies.
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Before heading into the theatre Tuesday night to see Trouble With the Curve, I jokingly wondered on Facebook if Clint Eastwood would be talking to any empty chairs during the film.  Well, he didn’t speak to any empty chairs, but he was speaking to an inanimate object as the movie opened. It’s a mildly funny  scene which elicited more stunned silence than laughter from the packed theatre.  And with that surprising moment out of the way, the movie gets started.  I won’t go into too much detail about the film, because frankly, there isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been revealed in the trailers.  Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves.  His eyesight is going. His job is on the line, so his semi-estranged daughter drops everything to come help him scout out the next great talent (Bo Gentry, a Babe Ruth wannabe who lives in his own ego driven reality.)  Justin Timberlake is there as another scout who has a history with Gus, and a crush on this daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams.)  Yep, that’s about it.

I’m not belittling the film mind you, but my point is this, it’s not a complex movie.  You know what’s going  to happen, and how it will end.  It’s predictability, however, is softened a bit with the humor in the film, nicely delivered by Eastwood, Adams, Timberlake, and even smarmy Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson, the guy gunning to put Gus out to pasture.  Frankly it’s needed to offset Eastwood’s grumpy-old-man-a-la-Gran-Torino-“Get-off-my-lawn” portrayal in the first half of the movie.  He grumbles “Go home!” so many times to Mickey, I almost left myself.  But as the movie progresses, he becomes more likeable (thankfully.)   What do we learn from the film?  Relationships are complicated. Parents try their best, but are not perfect. Don’t live your life defined by your past. Accept help when it’s given. Don’t close yourself off to everyone.  There are other lessons, but you get the picture.

The big surprise in the film was Justin Timberlake. I love it when I can forget who the actor is while watching a film. Always a big problem for me since I recognize a lot of actors in films.  But, this time, I forgot I was watching Justin onscreen.  Thank god he didn’t sing or that would have ruined it.  His character, while somewhat two dimensional….he doles out a lot of the therapeutic, self-help revelations…..is a welcome bit of brevity and humor to the movie.  He even did well with the Hallmark, cheesy ending to the film, which didn’t last long and ended with a joke by Gus.  A smart move by director, Robert Lorenz.

Trouble With the Curve is an enjoyable film, funny, emotional at times, with a good cast. But there wasn’t really anything revelatory about it, or surprising to the story.  Check it out at a matinée on a rainy day.



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