Roles for the “aging has been” who is either about to retire or refuses to retire seem reserved these days to Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood.
Back in 2012, Eastwood gave up his director’s chair to star in a little known film about an aging baseball scout in “Trouble With The Curve.” I’ve seen him play this kind of role many times before like “In The Line Of Fire,” or “Grand Torino.”
There’s nothing memorable about “Trouble With The Curve,” but it does feature some good scenes between Eastwood and Amy Adams as his tough as nails attorney/estranged daughter who forces herself upon his scouting trip to look after him when it seems his health, particularly his vision, is deteriorating. Adams is good as the underestimated baseball expert. She can recognize a 95 mph pitch and she can triumph over you in reciting RBI stats, etc. Give her a bat and she can also cream a ball outta the stadium.
Justin Timberlake is the necessary pretty boy romantic interest for Adams, but he doesn’t offer much to the film in the way of humor or even sex appeal. This guy is a great actor beyond his music. (See “The Social Network”)
The movie belongs to Eastwood alone.
First time director and regular Eastwood crewman, Robert Lorenz does well with the baseball footage of young prospects and the end is satisfying as the argument weighs whether experience and instinct can still trump the power of technology. Has baseball truly come to rely on what a computer says is the best first round draft pick? Wow…how sad.
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