Trouble With The Curve [2012] ★★½

240783id1_TWTC_INTL_27x40_1Sheet.inddIf you like, you can think of “Trouble with the Curve” as the anti-Twilight. It’s the opposite of an Event Movie for the fall season; instead, it’s an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen persona of Clint Eastwood. As such, it’s easy to take and lightly enjoyable. One might even call it a “nice” movie, which will surely please one segment of the moviegoing audience and repel another. I just wish the film were a little better. Eastwood plays a veteran baseball scout who uses old-school techniques to find promising young talent. Problem is: he’s losing his vision and he doesn’t want his long time friend and colleague (John Goodman) to worry about him. But Goodman has other plans. He  urges Eastwood daughter (Amy Adams) to accompany him on a scouting trip to North Carolina so he doesn’t make a fool of himself. In terms of plot, I’ll say no more. To be honest, there isn’t much more to the film. It has a relaxed feeling, and is populated by good actors, even in small roles. Whether you find the film too corny and cute is a matter of personal taste; there are definitely times that its corniness seems forced. On the other hand, after several months of big budget movies, it’s not so bad to sit back and relax with a harmless movie like this.

Rating: 2.5/4

2 replies »

  1. Damn. Focus Eastwood..FOCUS! Good he didn’t direct this. His last good film for me was “Letters from Iwo Jima” and the graph started decreasing. Retirement time?

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