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Teen-friendly baseball drama raises father-daughter issues.

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Adult Written bydavyborn September 22, 2012

Clint Eastwood baseball drama is sentimental but satisfying

Robert Lorenz's Trouble with the Curve, is a soft spoken, reasonably pleasent, but not all that memorable, baseball movie, which just so happens to star Clint Eastwood in his first role since 2008's excellent Gran Torino. Now, the first thing that you may find yourself asking is, is this film as good as Gran Torino? Not if it's life depended on it. But, I don't think that ithat s a very fair movie to compare this one to, because Trouble with the Curve is a sweet drama about an aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood), who, finding himself becoming more and more bitter, and losing his eyesight, is accompanied by his annoyed daughter (Amy Adams), on one last trip to scout out some new hopeful talent. Now, this film has an excellent cast. Of course, there is Clint Eastwood, and the obviously previously mentioned Amy Adams in the role of his daughter, but the cast also contains such familiar faces such as John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Mathew Lilliard and Robert Patrick, who are all very good. In fact, there really isn`t a bad performance in this whole movie. But, where the movie fails, is in a rather delicate area: The fact that it is not very memorable, and that it is virtually just one long walking series of long-ago recycled cliches, with actors spouting out tired lines, even if they do the absolute best they can, and, with singular plot points coinciding, including a flashback scene to Amy Adam`s characters childhood, it all just feel like we have seen this in so many other dramas. And yet, despite the fact that you would probably expect to be watching this movie with the stail eroma of ancient-used drama cliches, the movie still manages to keep a fresh face, none the less, and it is definitely one of the most comfortable and easy movies to watch, making it one of the more pleasant movies to come around in some time. Still, the movie is Rated PG-13 for a reason, and the following content is pretty much as follows, so, here we go: There is not much in the way of violence in this film, but there are two scenes that stick out. Both of which are scenes of Eastwoods character defending his daughter, with the first one o him attacking a drunk bar-goer with a broken beer bottle after he tires to hit on her, and later, a rather disturbing and upsetting scene where he brutally beats (although mostly unseen) an implied child molestor half to death in a shed. Also, there is frequent sexual references, whicha re mostly in the form of crude dialoge, which some lines being so graphic that practically no childrne in the audience we even be able to understand them in the first place. Also, there is frequent alchol consumption,. and about sixty-five percent of the movie takes place in stuffy bars, where there is moderate drinking of alcohol, occassionally to the excess. And, finally, the mainr eason why the film gets a PG-13 Rating in the first place is mainly becuase of the frequent and mdoerate profanity, which include one very powerful and memorable use of f--k, but there are also many uses of sh-t, cr-p, d-mn, g-dd-mn, a--, a--h-le, d-ck, b-tch and more. So, in the end, Trouble with the Curve is a fairly enjoyable and pleasant baseball drama, but, considering the fact that Clint Eastwood is involved, you just think that it would be so much more memorable than it actually is. Reccomended.
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Parent of a 4, 9, and 12 year old Written bylanefoard September 24, 2012

Not Exactly a "Baseball Movie"

I pre-screened this movie because my 12 and 9 year old sons had heard quite of bit of advertising for it while listening to Atlanta Braves broadcasts. My suspicions of this not really being a "baseball movie" but instead a movie that roughly uses baseball as a backdrop for some heavy-theme drama were confirmed. Had I taken my sons, they would've likely been disappointed and would've probably felt a little fooled/mislead by the trailers and marketing. It is a little interesting to see a troubled father/daughter relationship play out in front of you, but it's the kind of thing a 30-year-old daughter (with years of life experience) can relate to (not a pre-teen or even a teen). And then (spoiler alert), the late-in-the-movie flashback introduction of Clint walking in on his daughter being sexually abused as the explanation for his lifelong behavior toward his daughter is a theme (while an important life theme) that would have further sullied my sons' movie experience. I'm fairly liberal when it comes my kids' exposures as long as an appropriate conversation precedes or follows them, but I just don't want other families to take their baseball-loving young kids to see this movie, only to walk out awkwardly saying, "Well, sorry Ricky, that wasn't exactly what we thought it was going to be, huh?"
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Kid, 12 years old September 23, 2012

Trouble with the Curve: One of the BEST Baseball Movies Ever!!

This movie was great! It inst for younger kids though. There is A LOT of language and a brief intense fight scene and a couple makes out. A character smokes in almost every scene and characters drink in a few occasions. Overall this movie is DEFINITELY worth going to see!
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Parent Written bydavidrox January 24, 2013

Great!

A very good movie, mixed with heart, but lots of language and drinking. Amy Adams, and Clint Eastwood star in this wonderful uplifting drama. however it is not a baseball film, even if contains baseball in its plotline. it more focuses on the relationship of father and daughter, and fixing it, before its ruined forever. lots of language, lots of b*****, one F bomb, lots of s***, d***, ect. not much violence, one scene where Clint breaks a beer bottle and uses it as a weapon. not much sexual content, but lots of drinking and smoking. My MPAA Rating is: PG-13 For language, and brief sexual situations. i suggest 14 and up can see this.
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Parent Written byShivom Oza October 28, 2012

Trouble With The Curve (2012) Review by Shivom Oza – No Troubles With The Film Though!

An ageing baseball scout, Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), is struggling to retain his position in his organization. His daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), who holds a grudge against her father for bailing on her during childhood, joins him on a trip to North Carolina where Gus is scouting for new talent. It’s a ‘slice-of-life’ film. The father-daughter relationship, the budding romance between Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake and the self-discovery phase that all the three principal characters go through, makes ‘Trouble With The Curve’ a compelling watch. Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) is an ageing baseball scout, who is losing his vision, struggling to keep his place in his organization. His superior Pete Klein (John Goodman), who does not want Gus to go away, asks Gus’ daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to accompany him on a trip of North Carolina to make sure that he is fine. Mickey doesn’t get along with her father, as the latter had left her post his separation with her mother. However, despite the false start, Mickey and Gus reconnect with each other and start sharing their life’s problems. Mickey has her own grievances at her workplace where she has been recently appointed as a partner. Here, the father-daughter duo meets Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake), a rival team’s scout who was once scouted by Gus when he was a player. The story revolves around these three self-respecting, imperfect and gifted individuals. The film has a ‘slice-of-life’ story. The actors, Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake, deliver fine performances. Their characters were very real, very human, and thus, so full of infirmities. Gus’ drive to prove his worth despite losing his vision, Mickey holding on to her father despite losing a golden professional opportunity and Johnny trying his very best to look for someone who wouldn’t waste his talent like he himself did when he was a player, makes the film very endearing. Quite a few ‘little moments’ stand out in the 2-hour-film. Gus’ final call of reckoning, Mickey’s coming-of-age when she manages to hunt down a world-class pitcher, Johnny’s rage when he is discouraged by Gus from picking a much-talked-about player, Baseball conversations between Mickey and Johnny, the romantic equation between the two and many more. The understated performances and subtle dialogues make this film very relatable to audiences across the globe. The screenplay is a bit long than one would have liked, but the film does end on high! Writer Randy Brown has written a fine, albeit simplistic, story that really strikes a chord with the viewer. There is not much of ‘sports’ per se in the film. Luckily, there’s not much baseball ‘jargon’ in the film. So, even those who do not follow the game will not feel lost while watching the film. ‘Trouble With The Curve’ is based on relationships and ambition. A finely made film that leaves you a bit overwhelmed. Shivom Oza
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Teen, 16 years old Written byJavier Noyola February 18, 2014

well made

great baseball movie (my favorite sport) which has some family crisis with some sexual references and some language but not to much.
Kid, 12 years old August 6, 2013

good movie

a little language doesn't hurt anybody to see a little cursing.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byib104268 January 11, 2013

Excellent movie, but a few innaproprite refrences.

Over all this movie was excellent! There was a few innaproprite refrences, but nothing a 13 year old or older could not handle. Depending on how mature they are I would say its fine for an 11 year old to watch.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheflash9 October 28, 2012

Slow Movie at the Start Turns Out to be Pretty Good

Even though I think last year's Moneyball was a whole lot better, Trouble with the Curve is still great, but some parts may be slow and might bore younger kids. Trouble with the Curve tells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), an old baseball scout and his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), a lawyer. Since Gus is old, Mickey leaves her job to help him scout out a high school baseball player. The adventure turns in to a Father-Daughter bonding experience for both of them, Mickey didn't get to see Gus that much as a kid. Will the show go on for Gus? Or will this be his last scouting trip he ever takes?
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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus September 30, 2012

No "Trouble with the Curve"!

Very good movie. Love Eastwood and Adams so I knew I had to see it! Fine for most teens.
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Teen, 17 years old Written bylooneyman September 28, 2012

"ok" baseball flick

This movie was just "ok." as far as baseball movies go, last years moneyball was a lot better. the main issue for families is the language, which is almost constantly spewing from Eastwood's mouth. the words he uses are fairly mild, but the the frequency of it should give parents pause.
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