Excerpt: The Film Trouble with the Curve is the first Clint Eastwood film since 2008's Gran Torino , and the first one where Eastwood hasn't pulled double-duty as actor/director since 1993's In the Line of Fire. It's not exactly a triumphant return. Eastwood plays Gus, an old coot with an attitude and an eye for baseball. It's not a good eye, but it's an eye nonetheless.
Excerpt: Gus (Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby ) has been the Atlanta Braves' most reliable scout for decades. Over the years, he's brought in the likes of Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones and many others. However, Gus has reached his twilight years and his direct superior (Matthew Lillard, The Descendants ) thinks it might be time to, "put him out to pasture.
Conclusion: Clint Eastwood's return to acting should be cause for excitement, especially across from the reliably good Amy Adams, but Trouble with the Curve isn't the home run it should be. Between a forced romance, tired plot points, and a ludicrous, unsatisfying end, this drama winds up being an average movie whose cast's talent is cancelled out by its writer and director's inexperience.
Conclusion: 'Trouble with the Curve' is neither a home-run nor a complete strikeout. Resting between heartfelt and sappy, the film offers a pleasant but forgettable watch. The performances are good, but the well-meaning script and direction are disappointingly generic. While the film's visual style might put off some viewers, the video transfer is strong, and the audio mix is great. Unfortunately, supplements are very lacking. Flawed but enjoyable, the movie is a solid rental.
Summary: Trouble with the Curve is all but a neat 'n tidy point-counterpoint to Bennett Miller and Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-worthy Moneyball , extolling the long lost art of baseball scouting over the cold, faceless statistics of major league number crunching. Director Robert Lorenz and screenwriter Randy Brown offer gruff romanticism over game-changing mathematics. Family drama over closed door shakeups.
Excerpt: Trouble With The Curve , the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, is almost the exact opposite of Bennett Miller’s Moneyball . One is a bold story about a man who identifies a broken system and tries to break through the status quo by introducing a new approach to baseball scouting using statistics, algorithms and technology. The other is about a veteran scout who outright rejects any kind of new system or ideas in favor of the aforementioned status quo.
Excerpt: Ah, Clint, it's good to have you back. The opening scene of Trouble with the Curve finds the 82-year-old grumbling his way thought a particularly troublesome morning piss, and say what you will about him playing his first scene opposite his uncooperative penis, it's an improvement over an empty chair. Trouble marks Eastwood's first acting appearance since Gran Torino four years ago, and it unsurprisingly finds him in full-on old coot mode.