Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been a top baseball scout for decades, but age has caught up with him. He refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. The Atlanta Braves' front office is questioning his judgment, especially with a hot batting phenom on deck for the draft. Enter Gus's estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an ambitious attorney on the partner track who joins him on a scouting trip, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Justin Timberlake also stars as a rival scout with his sights on a career in the announcer's booth - and his eyes on Mickey.
Clint plays yet another 'grumpy old man' - an undemanding, very average film
- The Trouble with the Curve review by RP
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Is this Clint Eastwood's final film as actor? There's been a four year gap after 2008's excellent 'Gran Torino' so what can we expect from this iconic actor?
Well, Clint plays Clint in yet another 'grumpy old man' role - one that he has honed to perfection since 1992's 'Unforgiven'. But here he's not playing one of the age inappropriate roles that he has sometimes attempted but a real 'old man' part, gradually losing his sight from macular degeneration. He needs perfect sight in his job as a baseball scout but struggles on regardless using his vast experience - and eventually accepts help from his estranged daughter, played by Amy Adams.
As a Brit I can't get too excited by baseball, perhaps unfairly regarding it as a game of rounders played for money, so I didn't feel involved in the sport itself. But the film works quite well despite many clichés (experienced older man threatened by young upstart, obnoxious sports star, a complete unknown turns out to be the better performer, romance with member of the opposition, lazy Hollywood too-perfect ending etc). And this modest success is entirely down to Clint - his acting ability and the way he manages to dominate every scene where he's in front of the camera.
The supporting cast is a bit of a mixed bag: John Goodman was OK, Justin Timberlake OK as a likeable love interest for the weak Amy Adams. Ms Adams is the weakest link in the chain as Clint's on-screen daughter, a high-flying lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of baseball. Unfortunately she didn't manage to convince me of either of these - and nor was I convinced by any of the other roles I've seen her in, for example as Lois Lane in 'Man of Steel'.
It's an undemanding film, a bit of a feelgood factor, but a weak effort for one of Mr Eastwood's offerings. 3/5 stars - it's not unlikeable, just very average.