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Trouble with the Curve (2012)

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A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.

Director:

Robert Lorenz

Writer:

Randy Brown
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Gus
Chelcie Ross ... Smitty
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Lucious (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Ed Lauter ... Max
Amy Adams ... Mickey
Clifton Guterman ... Neil
Carla Fisher ... Law Receptionist
George Wyner ... Rosenbloom
Bob Gunton ... Watson
Jack Gilpin ... Schwartz
Matthew Lillard ... Phillip Sanderson
Robert Patrick ... Vince
John Goodman ... Pete Klein
Nathan Wright ... Drunk Fan
Scott Eastwood ... Billy Clark
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Storyline

Gus is a baseball scout. The team he works for thinks he should retire. He asks them to let him do one more scouting job to prove himself. His friend, Pete, asks Gus's estranged daughter, Mickey, if she could go with him to make sure he's OK as his eyes are failing. The doctor tells Gus he should get his eyes treated but he insists on doing his scouting assignment, which takes him to North Carolina. Mickey decides to put her work on hold to go with him and she wants him to explain why he pushed her away. Whilst there he runs into Johnny, a scout from another team who was a promising player Gus once scouted. Johnny and Mickey take an interest in each other. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Whatever Life Throws at You

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curvas de la vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,162,040, 23 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,763,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,963,137
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's crew contained quite a few regular collaborators from Clint Eastwood's "Malpaso Company". These included producer and director Robert Lorenz, director of photography Tom Stern, production designer James J. Murakami, costume designer Deborah Hopper, and location manager Patrick Mignano. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey enters the smokey kitchen, she opens both windows to the same level as the blinds. As the scene ends and Mickey is walking out, there is a shot of Gus standing in the kitchen door with the windows behind him. The windows are now several inches below the level of the blinds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gus: [at the toilet] Okay, come on now. Come on, boy. Let's not take your sweet-ass time about this. Jesus. Okay, that's it... Ah, good. Don't laugh, I outlived you, you little bastard.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 March 2016 (2016) See more »

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You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis
Performed by Carly Simon
Courtesy of Columbia Records By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Trouble With the Curve is entertaining, but not very memorable
30 November 2012 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood has received more acclamation as a director than as an actor, but in the case of Trouble With the Curve, he decided to yield the control of the movie to other filmmaker, while he only acted on it. And director Robert Lorenz closely follows Eastwood's sober and direct style, while the screenplay deals with the habitual subjects in his movies about dignity in the mature age, fortress of spirit and second chances. The result is entertaining and pleasant, but predictable and a bit bland.

On some way, Trouble With the Curve takes the opposite attitude to Moneyball (human instinct surpasses technology), but screenwriter Randy Brown isn't really interested in the secret operations of baseball, but in showing the characters' emotional evolution. There's nothing original in that development; the main points of the screenplay are the reparation of family conflicts, redemption of anachronistic ideologies and the dignity of mature age in a world which is so worried about the future that it never looks back. And despite the clichés, sentimental manipulation and excessively easy and convenient solutions, Trouble With the Curve managed to keep me entertained mainly thanks to the excellent performances from Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman. Eastwood limits himself to repeat the "irritable old man" character he played in Gran Torino...and I don't have any complaints against that, because it takes the maximum advantage of his talent as an actor. Adams brings deepness and credibility to her shallowly written character, while Goodman steals every scene he's in.

Justin Timberlake brings a decent performance in Trouble With the Curve, but I couldn't swallow his character's function as a potential couple of Adams' character. His character of a gallant looks like a commercial trick, and not an integral part of the screenplay. Nevertheless, I think I can give a moderate recommendation to Trouble With the Curve as an inoffensive and pleasant experience, despite not being very memorable.


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