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Trouble With the Curve

By MATTHEW KORFHAGE

If you wanted to know whether Clint Eastwood yells at chairs in his new movie, the answer is a resounding yes. He yells at chairs, bleachers, doors, garages and Amy Adams. He drinks Schlitz beer and unironically jeers at the “Interweb,” makes old-man wisecracks at his vegan daughter and his own recalcitrant genitalia. Because, oh gosh, Clint Eastwood is old. Trouble With the Curve, directed by longtime Eastwood producer Robert Lorenz, reminds us of this in countless demeaning ways that relentlessly kneecap the red-blooded, American-born, deeply self-sufficient man he has always portrayed. Still, Trouble is one American icon grinding its teeth on another, and for this it is in some small part irresistible. Eastwood plays an aging Major League scout named Gus Lobel who lives, breathes and loves baseball. And he does it for America’s team, the Atlanta Braves. But in a strange turn, the film slowly morphs from a tale about a hard-bitten old-timer facing the end of his relevance to the story of a bright, young career woman (Adams) who finally comes to know herself and find love with a boy-band singer (Justin Timberlake) while on the road with her dad (Eastwood). It is a funny world in which everyone always witlessly says what they mean, every life episode is dubiously calculated for your favorite character’s benefit, and every incompetent person is also morally repellent and physically grotesque. The young men get Amy Adams, the old men get redeemed, and Adams gets everything. Great world, I guess. But as a movie, it’s peanuts.

 
  • Genres: Drama
  • Release Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Language, Sexual References, Smoking, Some Thematic Material ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood [Gus Lobel], Amy Adams [Mickey], Justin Timberlake [Johnny], John Goodman [Pete Klein], Robert Patrick [Vince], Matthew Lillard [Phillip Sanderson], Scott Eastwood [Billy Clark], Joe Massingill [Bo Gentry], Ed Lauter [Max], Bob Gunton [Watson], Chelcie Ross [Smitty], Ray Anthony Thomas [Lucious], Clifton Guterman [Neil], Jack Gilpin [Schwartz], Matt Bush [Danny], Louis Fox [Lloyd], Ricky Muse [Jimmy], Tom Dreesen [Jimmy]
  • Directed by: Robert Lorenz [Director], Randy Brown [Screenwriter], Clint Eastwood [Producer], Robert Lorenz [Producer], Michele Weisler [Producer], Tim Moore [Executive Producer], Tom Stern [Cinematographer], James Murakami [Production Design], Gary Roach [Film Editor], Joel Cox [Film Editor], Marco Beltrami [Original Music], Deborah Hopper [Costume Designer], Patrick Sullivan [Supervising Art Direction], Gary Fettis [Set Decoration], Geoffrey Miclat [Casting]
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