Trouble with the Curve (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.

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Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. -- (C) Warner Bros.
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PG-13 (for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking)
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Drama
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$35,754,555.00
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Cast

Amy Adams
as Mickey
John Goodman
as Pete Klein
Matthew Lillard
as Phillip Sanderson
Bob Gunton
as Watson
Tom Nowicki
as Red Sox GM
Chelcie Ross
as Smitty
George Wyner
as Rosenbloom
David Cohen
as Announcer #1
Clayton Landey
as Manager
Mark Thomason
as Braves Official
Jack Gilpin
as Schwartz
Patricia French
as Diner Waitress
Leon Lamar
as Regular #2
Matt Bush
as Danny
Bart Hansard
as Bo's Father
Scott Eastwood
as Billy Clark
Kenny Alfonso
as Umpire
Jackie Prucha
as Secretary
Rhubarb Jones
as Anouncer #2
Don Young
as Regular #1
Nathan Wright
as Drunk Fan
Brian F. Durkin
as Matt Nelson
Eric Mendenhall
as Waiter #2
Jason S. Gondek
as Red Sox Exec
Matt R. Brady
as Swannanoa
Melissa Cummins Lorenz
as Mom in Diner
Jay Galloway
as Rigo Sanchez
Josh Warren
as Pitcher
Joe Massingill
as Bo Gentry
Louis Fox
as Lloyd
Ricky Muse
as Jimmy
Carla Fisher
as Law Receptionist
Julia Walters
as Young Mickey
Dane Davenport
as Waiter #1
Norma Alvarez
as Grace Sanchez
Tyler Silva
as Carlos Sanchez
Rory Lorenz
as Girl in Diner
Ryan Patrick Williams
as Grizzly Player #1
Xavier Floyd
as Grizzly Player #32
Sammy Blue
as Musician
Scott Estep
as Umpire
Sam Collins
as Kid #1
Jack Lorenz
as Boy in Diner
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All Critics (196) | Top Critics (44)

For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
CNN.com
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Eastwood and Adams do the best they can with the cornball sentimentality and cheesy dialogue, but first-time director Robert Lorenz merely photographs the on- and off-field action. Give it a pass.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out
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Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.

October 7, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Eastwood, in his 80s, looks a lot trimmer than some of the performers in this film half his age. He may be the only octogenarian actor who has to play older than his age to be convincing.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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Nobody would pay much attention to this plodding but good-hearted film if not for its star, Clint Eastwood, although he's just dialing in the go-to Cantankerous Old Man mode on which he has relied for a decade or so.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Miami Herald
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This isn't the worst performance Eastwood has given in his 57-year career, but it's his least inspired in about a decade.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Trouble with the Curve

cliche ridden, this feels like a romantic comedy/sports film of the late 80's, something you've seen 100 times. the upside is that its a very entertaining version of the same old thing, so it stands on both feet just fine and provides a very good time at the movies, especially for a date night. this film was all it needed to be to entertain. very solid.

danny d
danny d

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½

Despite his politics, Eastwood is one of my all-time movie heroes. I'm able to separate the man from his art . . . that's not what I mean. I'm able to keep his politics separate from his art. This is a nearly perfect work of art. And kudos to Justin Timberlake.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

½

This is once again a film where an aging Clint Eastwood plays an old coot who can't let go of the past ,and fights like hell to keep aging from getting the best of him, This time around he's Gus- a veteran talent scout for the Atlanta Braves whose eyesight is failing him. An upcoming job could be a career ender for him due to his health, but not to worry, his estranged daughter Mickey comes in to reconnect, and help him out, even if it means risking her own job as a lawyer on track to be a partner. And for good measure, we get a budding romance between Mickey and a former pick of Gus's turned rival scout named Johnny. The film is largely predictable, not challenging, and not always subtle, however, when compared to Gran Torino, it's not as heavy handed, but unfortunately not as memorable either. It's still entertaining, heartwarming, and charming, so, even though it's nothing new, it does fulfill a necessary place in this world. What ultimately saves it is the cast. In the lead is Eastwood as Gus, and on deck and in the hole (to keep up the baseball metaphors) are Amy Adams as Mickey and Justin Timberlake as Johnny. There's backed by a supporting team of solid talent that includes John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard ,and George Wyner. The performances are all pretty solid, and the cast have a lot of natural chemistry with one another. It doesn't hurt that we get a scene with Adams doing a cannonball off a dock into a pond while wearing nothing but her panties and a t-shirt. All in all, the film is well meaning, if nothing all that special. It's probably something I'll forget within a few days, but it's good old fashioned entertainment in the classic sense while its lasts, so give it a go. For the rating I'm torn between 3 and 3.5, so let's call it a B-.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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