Box art for Trouble With the Curve

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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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

It may have all the heart needed to make a great drama, but when you have uninteresting side characters and very cheesy & predictable dialogue, it just seems like another drama, even if Clint Eastwood's performance is Oscar worthy. I highly enjoyed watching this story, because it is put together well, but most of it is one-dimensional and very dull. "Trouble with the Curve" is the type of film to kick back and view with a parent or even a grand-parent, who grew up with Clint Eastwood films, because this is definitely a great performance by him. Also, I loved seeing him working with this generation of up-and-coming actors. Amy Adams shares great chemistry with Justin Timberlake, even if his character seems thrown in for it's fan base. This is a very watchable movie indeed, but that's about it in the end.

- fb733768972, Saturday, September 22, 2012

2 stars

Gus: Get out of here, before I have a heart attack trying to kill you. So Clint Eastwood has returned to the big screen for a movie that does not require a whole lot of effort from him. Trouble with the Curve is a fairly slight film about a number of old American chestnuts, such as baseball, getting older, trusting your instincts, and the father-daughter relationship. It is not necessarily bad, it is just nothing that is all that special, as everything about the film is predictable, lacking in subtlety, and tied up in a nice little package at the end. The reason to show up is for Clint of course, but how much you appreciate him depends on how much you want to put up with his grumpy old man shtick. The likability of Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake add a bit to the film, but overall, it is a fairly slow walk through the ballpark. read the whole review at

- DrZeek, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2 stars

Eastwood plays a scout for the Atlanta Braves with three months left to run on his contract. The top brass are unsure if he still has what it takes and a ruthless young backstabber (Lillard) is looking to take his place. To make things worse, Eastwood's eyesight is failing but he's too stubborn to admit it. When his daughter (Adams), a hotshot lawyer who we're informed hasn't taken a Saturday off in seven years, learns of his condition she accompanies him on a mission to scout a promising young high-school player. Needless to say, her presence makes him uncomfortable. Timberlake, a former player turned scout, tries his best to romance Adams but she seems too set on advancing her career to have time for such frivolities. There's something about the sport of baseball that lends itself well to cinematic treatments, at least that's what I thought before watching this directorial debut from Lorenz, Eastwood's long-time assistant director. There are more sports movie cliches on show than a Wayans brothers' parody. Will Adams fall for Timberlake's sporty charms or will she return to her life as an over-worked and under-appreciated legal eagle? Will Eastwood prove he can still spot raw talent despite possessing the eyesight of a stormtrooper? Will that Mexican kid pitching balls in the motel car park turn out be the next wonder-kid of baseball? Will we see a flashback which explains why Eastwood was such a bad father? Will that flashback feature footage from a Dirty Harry movie? If you're unsure of any of the answers (okay, the last one is out of left field admittedly), then you've clearly never seen a sports movie before. Cliches aren't always a negative if they're used well but this movie is devoid of charm, despite the casting of three very charismatic leads. If Eastwood lost much of his dignity in that famous speech at the Republican convention, the remainder is truly gone now. Casting an icon of American cinema in such a trite piece of garbage is like forcing a Rottweiler to wear a party hat. In the opening scene he informs us his private parts no longer function. C'mon Clint, nobody wants to live in a world where Dirty Harry can't get wood. You wouldn't have caught John Wayne giving us such a revelation.

- moviewaffle, Thursday, November 22, 2012