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Review of "Trouble with the Curve (DVD)"

published 29/03/2017 | thedevilinme
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Pro Bit dull
Cons Bit long
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Star – Clint Eastwood
Genre – Drama/Comedy
Run Time – 110 minutes
Certificate – PG13
Country – USA
Awards – 2 Wins & 1 Nomination
Amazon – £5.00 DVD £7.49 Blue Ray
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Trouble with the Curve (2012), for me, is one of those films you don’t want to rent or buy as the online ratings weren’t great and so holding out for it on terrestrial TV as you just need to see it. Well it never did and so I eventually had to buy it to tick it off the movie bucket list. My list is very strict. I have to se what’s on it or else! I like Clint Eastwood and as the four times Oscar Winner is about to kick that proverbial bucket as his 87th year approaches, you want to see the final few films he acts in. He has only acted in five movies so far this millennium and you have to go back to 1993 when he last appeared in a movie when he didn’t director himself, ‘In the Line of Fire. He is a true American icon and should be enjoyed, Grand Torino, his previous movie, and a real cracker. Rather ironically he never won a Best Acting Oscar and got all four for directing and best picture, and had to wait until his 70s. A movie about baseball is essential for an American acting greats CV but there would be no Oscar here.
His Oscar role call

2015 – American Sniper – Nominated for Best Picture
2007 – Letters from Iwo Jima – Nominated for Best Picture & Best Director
2005 – Million Dollar Baby – Won Best Picture & Best Director and Nominated for Best Actor
2004 – Nominated Best Picture & Best Director
1993 – Won Best Picture & Best Director and Nominated for Best Actor


• Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel
• Amy Adams as Mickey Lobel
• Justin Timberlake as Johnny Flanagan
• Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson
• John Goodman as Pete Klein
• Robert Patrick as Vince
• Scott Eastwood as Billy Clark
• Ed Lauter as Max
• Chelcie Ross as Smitty
• Raymond Anthony Thomas as Lucious
• George Wyner as Rosenbloom
• Bob Gunton as Watson
• Tom Dreesen as Rock
• James Patrick Freetly as Todd
• Joe Massingill as Bo Gentry
• Jay Galloway as Rigoberto (Rigo) Sanchez


Aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout and general grump Gus Lobel (Eastwood) eyes are going and ready for pasture. Out of respect for what he has done for the club the owners decide to give him one last assignment to prove his value as his contract runs down and so sign another one, unaware of his failing health. They view him as a dinosaur as he doesn’t do computers and all that moneyball stuff. Gus is the ‘shape of the arm. sound of the ball in the air and ‘thud’ in the glove type of guy. His boss and friend Pete (John Goodman), of course, does not want to see him let go but being pressured by an ambitious junior executive, Philip (Matt Lillard), to do exactly that. Phillip is trying to get a promotion and needs Gus to be fired as he is in the way to his own baseball philosophy and methods he wants to implement. That would be computers and moneyball.

Pete decides to see if Gus is OK as he is clearly slipping and suspects he is hiding problems with his health, so against Gus's wishes, Pete contacts Gus's feisty lawyer daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to come and see dad. She is a workaholic and also pursuing a big partnership at her firm and has not seen much of dad since mom died. But when Pete puts her right she shows up for dad on a scouting trip to North Carolina to check out a college player called Bo Gentry, a brash amateur whose hitting statistics make him a likely top draft pick for the Majors.

Mickey quickly realizes that Gus's vision is failing and begins to be his eyes on the trip. The doc has told him he has macular degeneration and needs an operation, something his daughter had to find out elsewhere. Mickey loves baseball and very knowledgeable and so can help him give the hitter the once over.

On the trip Gus runs into a former player he once scouted, Johnny "The Flame" Flanagan (Justine Timberlake), who is now a scout for the Boston Red Sox. They are both looking at Gentry. Johnny also takes a shine to Gus’s daughter. This stirs up feelings for dad and daughter and she confronts him on various issues in their relationships, the trip now about reconnecting with her father, and the fact Gentry can’t deal with the curve ball, every pitchers biggest weapon.


I love baseball movies but this one is near the bottom of the list with League of their Own, alas. It’s just dull and not a lot happens. The baseball action is minimal and certainly no ball hitting the floodlights at night in the final glorious scene. This one ends with a wet fart. Field of Dreams is just gorgeous fairy tale and Redford superb in The Natural. Trouble with the Curve is more a story about relationships with a baseball backdrop.

Eastwood looks old and crotchety on screen and as one critic put it – ‘as chiseled and mobile on screen as a Mount Rushmore head’. It’s just not the Eastwood we want to see in film in the same way we don’t want to see the old Sean Connery and Michael Cain on screen. He is cool actor and we want to remember him as he was and so not make a mug of himself. Amy Adams is just great at everything she does and this is a breeze, hardly likely to turn down the chance to work with Eastwood. Timberlake is quite charming on screen to pull in the younger audience with the distraction of the perfunctory love story. I have no idea why John Goodman is in this.

It’s easy going and if you can deal with the slow ride and folksy rhythms you will enjoy this. But as stand out film about baseball it isn’t. Baseball is such an integral sport over there and part of the American story yet that passion and romance just doesn’t come through here. Its one of those movies that probably looked great on the screenplay in storyboard and written word but in practice just doesn’t transfer to the big screen. The whole baseball metaphor around love and relationships doesn’t really work. We get that life threw Gus and his girl a few curve balls in life but we needed more of the baseball.

Sadly it bombed big time at the cinema and its way too high budget at $80 million for a non special effects movie pulled just $49 million back. That’s shocking for a Clint Eastwood movie. Maybe this is when he should have retired and that’s the real movies metaphor? It’s OK but nothing more and feels every second of its 110 minutes. It’s not a baseball movie and it’s not a romantic comedy and a hybrid we could have done without. Three strikes and out!

RATINGS – 6.8/10.0 (49,345votes) – 51% critic’s approval – 58% critic’s approval

Special Features

-Deleted Scenes-

Quit a few, assign the movie was never going to be right

-Behind the Scenes-

Basic stuff with no Eastwood or Adams involved.



Financial Times –‘There stands Clint as schmaltz gathers momentum. He looks like Mount Rushmore in the rain’.

The Playlist –‘Lacking narrative momentum, saddled with thin characterizations and uninspired plotting, Trouble With The Curve should've stayed on the bench’.

The Mail –‘"Trouble With The Curve" is a picture of small pleasures, and a lunkheaded finale isn't enough to ruin all of the good will it earns through its first two acts’. –‘Eastwood manages to maintain his decorum throughout, like some veteran pitcher who's lost the speed off his fastball and relies on a sneaky change-up. He does just a few things, but he does them remarkably well’. –‘As for Adams and Timberlake, they clearly signed on for the chance to work with a genuine screen legend -- wouldn't you, given the chance?’

Film Comment Magazine - The good news is that Eastwood does his thing to perfection, Adams provides the spunky cuteness, and Timberlake couldn't scrub his eager charm off with a Brillo pad if he tried.

The Guardian –‘It's sentimental and glutinous, and the ending is almost surreal in its contrivance and unbelievability’.


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  • justarube published 05/04/2017
    Good review
  • DodoRabbit published 01/04/2017
    Well reviewed :)
  • euphie published 31/03/2017
    e :o)
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Director(s): Robert Lorenz

DVD Region: DVD

EAN: 5051892123563

Video Category: Feature Film

Director(s) (Last name, First name): Eastwood, Clint

Classification: 12 years and over

Production Year: 2012


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