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Trouble with the Curve (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 21 September 2012 (USA)
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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 Lobel (Clint Eastwood) 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 Klein (John Goodman), asks Gus' estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), if she could go with him to make sure he's okay 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. While there, he runs into Johnny (Justin Timberlake), 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Whatever Life Throws at You

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trouble with the Curve See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,162,040, 23 September 2012

Gross USA:

$35,763,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,963,137
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Appearing in this movie is Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. Its the fourth movie of his father's in which he's appeared. 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 Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.6 (2014) See more »

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Beach Dream
Written by Adam Kittredge (as Adam Wilson Kittredge), Jocelyn Greenwood, Piers Henwood, Antonia Alana Freybe-Smith and Luca Stephen Renshaw
Performed by Jets Overhead
Courtesy of Microgroove Entertainment
By arrangement with Silver Side Productions
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Lightened up Mr. Eastwood
21 September 2012 | by dvc5159See all my reviews

"How the hell do you know I'm lucky to survive?"

Legendary screen icon Clint Eastwood returns in front of the camera since his hit "Gran Torino". No matter what anyone else thinks of him, I will always admire the man. He is one of my heroes. Who else can personify the action hero perfectly, become a gifted filmmaker, improve his acting ability as he ages AND be quite the jazz musician?

Mr. Eastwood may be old but he still has a commanding presence on screen. Granted, he might be the only leading octogenarian in Hollywood right now, but still, I digress. He is old. That is a fact. At the age of 82, seeing him play an elderly man losing his sight while bonding with his distant daughter makes it quite sad for me to watch. However, "Trouble With the Curve" is a breeze to watch.

It is not a baseball movie, although baseball is the basis of the film's story. Nor is it a depressing drama (Mr. Eastwood's favorite genre of late). It is a father-daughter bonding dramedy, with some great chemistry between Mr. Eastwood and Amy Adams as his estranged daughter. Justin Timberlake also arrives to lighten up the atmosphere even more, and his presence is welcome in the film.

Mr. Eastwood is not in the director's chair this time. His long-time producer partner, Robert Lorenz, makes his directorial debut with this film. Apparently Lorenz directs the cast with ease although it feels too by-the-numbers. But hey, there are much worse debuts. Judging from the breezy pace and the somewhat brisk editing and lively cinematography, it's clear from the get-go that the superb "Eastwood touch" is not evident in the film, even though some of Mr. Eastwood's key players are still here - cinematographer Tom Stern and editor Joel Cox - though the music by Marco Beltrami (not Mr. Eastwood nor his son this time!) complements the atmosphere pleasantly.

Look, this is not a great film. It's a pedestrian and predictable film, with Mr. Eastwood, Adams, Timberlake, as well as an impressive supporting cast featuring John Goodman and Robert Patrick, phoning in the performances. Both Adams and Mr. Eastwood have acted much more superbly in better previous movies ("Gran Torino", "Million Dollar Baby", "The Fighter"). But it is funny, it is sad at times (Mr. Eastwood's heart-wrenching singing of 'You are My Sunshine' is forever embedded in my head), and it is easy on the eyes, ears and mind, a relaxing pleasure to watch. It is great entertainment. From all the big- budget blockbusters out in cinemas last summer, this is a joy. You'll walk out smiling.

Overall: 70%


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