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Movie Review: 'Trouble with the Curve' is a Softball Right Down the Middle

Clint Eastwood takes a break from his one-man act with an empty chair to play a grouchy old man. Now that's a stretch! 

Clint Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout who has a troubling relationship with his daughter, Amy Adams, in 'Trouble with the Curve.'

Eastwood's eyesight is failing, so Adams decides to tag along on what could be his last scouting trip. The conflicts in the movie are many: father vs. daughter, daughter vs. her new boyfriend (played by Justin Timberlake), and a big baseball conflict pitting younger, tech-savvy scouts against old-school, seasoned scouts. We've seen this movie before; it was called 'Moneyball.'

There are some dark moments, some sappy moments, and you are never quite sure if you are supposed to laugh or not when Eastwood goes on one of his grouchy old man rants.

The last time he was in a movie was Grand Torino, back in 2008, and it's been nearly twenty years since he has been in a movie that he has not directed. He should stick to his own stuff.

The movie is heartwarming but it takes a long time to get there. The Timberlake-Adams chemistry was never there and the baseball scouting scenes did seem to drag…so the flick-o-meter gives 'Trouble with the Curve' a three out of five.

In the end, it is one of those easy-going old-time movies that studios don’t seem to make anymore. I've always been a fan of Eastwood and, even though he continues to play the grumpy old guy, he pulls it off to a certain extent. 

Are you a Clint Eastwood fan? Tell us in the comments.

Tom Brown September 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The empty chair act was obviously a promotional stunt for this movie. Clint and I thank you RNC!
Carol September 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
The movie is heartwarming, funny and well done! It's a must see!

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