I've never met Clint Eastwood, and I'm not sure I'd want to at this point. He's either really great at playing a cranky old geezer who loves to yell even more than Al Pacino, or he really is 'that guy'. Either way, it's fine seeing that persona in a flick or two, but it doesn't take long to get tired. His chemistry with Amy Adams is believable, but their story is a snoozefest. As a matter a fact, so is the rest of the story. We've seen this a million times, from the hardened father daughter dynamic, to the underappreciated career scenario that makes you question your decisions and hard work at the end of the day. Oh, and throw in a mysterious new love interest (Justin Timberlake) and it's a homerun right? Wrong.
I enjoy Timberlake's acting and he's fine here for what he's got to chew on. The same can be said of John Goodman, but Matthew Lillard (who I miss seeing around) is a translucent cartoon villain whose fate (like the rest of the film) is obvious from the start. And the dude their scouting, what an annoying douchebag he is. It's been awhile since I've absolutely loathed a character as much as this guy. My only saving grace was seeing how his scenario plays out, which again, is nothing you won't put together in the first five minutes considering the movie title.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE feels like Hollywood trying to reinvent the magic of MONEYBALL, but replacing an admirable, likable Brad Pitt with a irritable old Eastwood is not the way to do it. Sure, MONEYBALL had a predictable ending too (of sorts), but this film leaves no doubt and almost winks at you the entire way, just to make sure you 'see it coming'. Add to that the fact that none of these characters are overly empathetic, or all that likable and you have an even bigger problem. Maybe a slimmer cut (losing twenty minutes or so) might have made the trip go by faster, but really, wanting the film to end is never a good thing.
For The Love Of The Game: This one's all about Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake and how they felt a special connection with their characters. The both felt it was easy to identify with their counterparts and I get what their saying, but neither of them had such a harsh upbringing, especially when it comes to Adams. I highly doubt she can relate with her character's life all that much.
Previews: There are a bunch of trailers that play before the film as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film.