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Trouble with the Curve (2012) Movie Review

September 23, 2012

“Trouble with the Curve” is in many ways a film about the curves life throws at us when we try to decide our paths.  Gus (Clint Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout set in his ways that include watching players perform in person rather than relying on online stats.  His daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) takes time from her busy life as an associate at a law firm to help Gus through a slump.  The film’s primary focus is Gus trying to show that he still has what it takes to be a scout.  In the process, we get to see some growth in the relationship between Gus and Mickey.  As they experience personal growth, their perspectives change on what is important in life.

The film is fairly standard in many ways but Amy Adams’ character is likeable enough that you can’t help but root for her from the start.  Clint Eastwood again plays the role of the angry old man, but I don’t think many actors would have fit in this role as perfectly.  Marco Beltrami’s score is typical light-hearted fare, heavy on guitar and small ensemble orchestra.  The music largely stays hidden but it comes out at just the right moments.

“Trouble with the Curve” is a solid romance and inspirational testament to the importance of true talent.  The movie moves along at a fairly slow pace that is made worse by the fact that most of the key scenes were shown in the trailer.  This makes a lot of the movie feel like it is going through the motions.  Still, there are enough witty one-liners and jokes spaced throughout the movie to keep you entertained.  “Trouble with the Curve” is a solid offering, although not one that needs to be seen in theaters.  It is worth watching on Netflix when you get a chance.

3.5/5

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