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Trouble With the Curve

drama, sports

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been a top baseball scout for decades, but age has caught up with him.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Teen-friendly baseball drama raises father-daughter issues.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trouble with the Curve -- a carefully rendered portrait of a baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) facing the possible end of his career -- pulls no punches in portraying what life on the road can do to a father and his daughter. Expect some intense conversation about past disappointments and tragedies, as well as lots of beer drinking, some profanity (including one "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch"), kissing/flirting, and one intense fight. Teen baseball fans may enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at talent scouting, but the themes are likely to resonate most with adults.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents the central father-daughter relationship. Is it realistic? Understandable? How do Gus and Mickey compare to other movie fathers and daughters?
  • Is Gus a good father? What is the movie saying about fatherhood (and/or parenthood in general)?
  • Baseball movies often seem rife with life lessons. Why do you think that is? Do you have to be a baseball fan to enjoy a movie about it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Whatever Life Throws at You. A Great Film for sports fans and non sports fans alike! Great drama and acting by Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. They really make a believable father and daughter. Justin Timberlake was also good as a washed up pitcher turned baseball scout. The performances in this film didn't blow my mind, but the story does have a lot of heart. It's hard not to fall for the characters in this story and despite the fact that the film is very predictable and formulaic it was still a very satisfying experience for me. Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood shared some touching scenes together. Eastwood seems to always explore this father-daughter distant relationship in most of his movies. You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie because it deals more with these relationships than with the game itself. Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams share some scenes together as well adding a little romance to the story. Trouble with the Curve has a little bit of everything: sports, romance, and drama so it is one of those rare films that the entire family will enjoy. 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.

- MANUGINO, Saturday, December 15, 2012

2 stars

Clint Eastwood is an actor who seems to have made some of his best movies later on in life. "Gran Torino" and "Million Dollar Baby" are both fantastic films, and before watching this I expected this to be around the same quality as those 2 movies. While it's a decent movie, it's nowhere near as good as I had hoped. Eastwood plays a baseball scout who is losing his eye sight and in trouble of losing his job while scouting one of the best prospects in baseball. He has a damaged relationship with his daughter Mickey(Amy Adams) and they barely get along. Mickey is an aspiring partner at a law firm, when she gets the news of her Dad's impending blindness, she joins him on a scouting trip. From there the movie is pretty generic, borderline sappy in spots, and uneven. It's party drama, comedy, sports movie, which is fine, but none of it works as well as it should. I think there is a great movie here with the material, but instead it's just a "meh, that was ok" movie. The acting is all good, even though I never really bought Amy Adams as a baseball obsessive tomboy. Movie is 2 hours long, but feels like 3, and you'll be ready for it to end after an hour. My wife liked it, but I was just very underwhelmed. Give it a shot, but don't expect another Eastwood classic.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 15, 2012

2 stars

This is an okay film. The directing, screenplay and acting is all par. Some of the characters are way over the top and the overacting by them is cringe worthy. That being said, this film has some funny and emotional moments. If you don't mind the all too familiar story of "humble underdog takes down arrogant snob" in the most exaggerated way possible, then this movie is for you.

- fb1576983399, Tuesday, November 20, 2012