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.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, drugs & smoking