'Trouble with the Curve' is a Softball Right Down the Middle

Clint Eastwood takes a break from his one-man act with an empty chair to play a grouchy old man. Now that's a stretch! 


Clint Eastwood plays an aging baseball scout who has a troubling relationship with his daughter Amy Adams in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood's eyesight is failing so Adams decides to tag along on what could be his last scouting trip. The conflicts in the movie are many: father-daughter, daughter and her new boyfriend (played by Justin Timberlake) and a big baseball conflict pitting younger tech-savvy scouts against old-school, seasoned scouts. We have seen this movie before; it was called "Moneyball."

There are some dark moments, some sappy moments, and you are never quite sure if you are supposed to laugh when Eastwood goes on one of his grouchy old man rants.

The last time he was in a movie was back in 2008 for "Grand Torino," and it's been nearly 20 years since he has been in a movie that he has not directed. He should stick to his own stuff.

The movie is heartwarming, but it takes a long time to get there. The Timberlake-Adams chemistry was never there and the baseball scouting scenes did seem to drag. So the Flick-O-Meter gives "Trouble with the Curve" a three out of five.

In the end, it is one of those easy-going, old-time movies that studios don’t seem to make anymore. I've always been a fan of Eastwood. Even though he continues to play the grumpy old guy, he pulls it off to a certain extent. Let me know what you think. Like my Facebook page; it's called TheBrettside, and click Like.


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