21 September 2012 12:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There are no troublesome curves in Trouble With the Curve: Every pitch is a floater, slow and straight and wobbly, the ball visible for so long you get bored waiting for it to arrive — to the point where a couple of pitches actually sneak by. As formulaic as any Disney Channel movie about a girl and her Gramps, the film would barely be worth talking about if weren’t yet another chapter in the peculiarly self-parodic self-mythologizing of Clint Eastwood, American Icon.Once used primarily to express white American potency, lean and mean, Eastwood’s vigilante became a “dinosaur” in the early seventies, under fire from minorities demanding civil liberties and women demanding to be treated as equals and homosexuals demanding … whatever it is deviants demand. By Sudden Impact, Eastwood was trying to have it both ways: Dirty Harry’s “Go ahead, make my day” is meant as a satire of vigilantism, »

- David Edelstein

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