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Trouble With The Curve
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01.02.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Robert Lorenz

Actors:
Clint Eastwood
Amy Adams
Justin Timberlake

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Gus has been a baseball scout since nearly the dawn of the game, but as he struggles with mortality and new age technology, there's a chance he may be phased out if he's not able to land a supposed up and coming draft pick. And despite jeopardising her own career, his daughter reluctantly joins him in hopes of maybe working out some of their personal issues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Obviously as film critics we're supposed to watch movies with an open mind despite our personal opinions. Personally, I'm not a fan of baseball. That said, I also had to review MONEYBALL which I ended up liking a whole lot. I'm also not a fan of Clint Eastwood. I know, I know, he was the man and a total badass back in the day...but then again, so was the T-Rex. Times have changed and watching an over the hill Eastwood bumble around, yell and break stuff isn't my kind of tango. And having said that, I dug the shit out of GRAN TORENO. So despite my reservations I actually was able to view this film with an open mind. I didn't hate it, but I can't respect it either as it's nothing more than a cliche ridden paint by numbers game that everyone will see coming a mile away.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Rising Through The Ranks: Not much to do with this film per say, but rather this tidbit focuses upon Clint Eastwood's relationship with director Rob Lorenz over their past twenty some odd years of working in the business together. Nothing wrong with working with friends and sticking your neck out for them, Eastwood is definitely a stand up guy when it comes to that.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The good: Seeing baseball from a different perspective which was almost enjoyable at times. The bad: Knowing the ending after about ten minutes or so. The ugly: Opening the film with Clint Eastwood talking to his penis. Sigh, if only I were joking.
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