'Trouble with the Curve': Not Quite a Home Run

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-daughter, daughter and her new boyfriend (played by Justin Timberlake) and a big baseball conflict pitting younger tech-savvy scouts against old-school, seasoned scouts. We have 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 back in 2008 for Gran Torino and it's been nearly 20 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. Even though he continues to play the grumpy old guy, he pulls it off to a certain extent.

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Showtimes: Movies 278

Ready to see Trouble with the Curve? Then slide over to Movies 278, 185 Metromont Road, Hiram. For more theater information and links to showtimes and pricing, click here or call 678-513-4400.

Peggy Cline September 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
We saw Trouble with the Curve last night and I would give it a 4 out of 5. The story line flowed and the acting was well done. Much better than some other movies I have seen recently at Movies 278. The parts that seemed to have dragged were normal if you have ever sat through a baseball game. Baseball is only so exciting, but the story held its own and was an enjoyable movie night.


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