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.

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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

Trouble with the Curve has a heart and some great acting, but sadly the story just wasn't interesting and it proved to follow many family drama sterotypes. Clint Eastwood is as great as ever, and he shows that even at his age you can still be one of the most talented people in Hollywood. Amy Adams gives a phenomenal performance and really just steals the show in this movie. Justing Timberlake was a fun character and I always love seeing him on the big screen. This movie has its heartfelt moments and shows that its a fun movie about a father and daughter bonding, but its main storyline just didn't have me interested as I knew the outcome of the movie just from watching the trailer. I wish that they had given a few surprises and shown us a classic sports film that would be remembered, but unfortunately this film will just be seen as a stepping stone in these actors careers. I felt like I was watching Bull Durham during this movie, and that was a great feeling to have. This may be a cliche film that has been done before, but it still is a sweet movie to watch and I couldn't dislike what it had it offer.

- fb1526363679, Friday, December 21, 2012

3 stars

This is once again a film where an aging Clint Eastwood plays an old coot who can't let go of the past ,and fights like hell to keep aging from getting the best of him, This time around he's Gus- a veteran talent scout for the Atlanta Braves whose eyesight is failing him. An upcoming job could be a career ender for him due to his health, but not to worry, his estranged daughter Mickey comes in to reconnect, and help him out, even if it means risking her own job as a lawyer on track to be a partner. And for good measure, we get a budding romance between Mickey and a former pick of Gus's turned rival scout named Johnny. The film is largely predictable, not challenging, and not always subtle, however, when compared to Gran Torino, it's not as heavy handed, but unfortunately not as memorable either. It's still entertaining, heartwarming, and charming, so, even though it's nothing new, it does fulfill a necessary place in this world. What ultimately saves it is the cast. In the lead is Eastwood as Gus, and on deck and in the hole (to keep up the baseball metaphors) are Amy Adams as Mickey and Justin Timberlake as Johnny. There's backed by a supporting team of solid talent that includes John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard ,and George Wyner. The performances are all pretty solid, and the cast have a lot of natural chemistry with one another. It doesn't hurt that we get a scene with Adams doing a cannonball off a dock into a pond while wearing nothing but her panties and a t-shirt. All in all, the film is well meaning, if nothing all that special. It's probably something I'll forget within a few days, but it's good old fashioned entertainment in the classic sense while its lasts, so give it a go. For the rating I'm torn between 3 and 3.5, so let's call it a B-.

- cosmo313, Monday, March 18, 2013

2 stars

Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for the 'Isn't Clint Eastwood getting too old for this' genres? Moneyball proved that you could make a baseball film that non-Baseball fans can enjoy and Trouble with the Curve follows suit but it as far from being as good as. Clint Eastwood plays a cliched angry old man/father, Amy Adams works too hard at her job and wants to get close to her father, Justin Timberlake is the funny/good looking suitor, John Goodman is friend with concerns, Matthew Lillard is competitive youngster who don't know jack about real Baseball, Robert Patrick is man with big ears (listens but doesn't say anything), George Wyner, Bob Gunton and Jack Gilpin play very busy sexist short-term memory important golf playing partner types and so on and so on. Every character here has been played before, many times by the same actors. It's a nice looking film from many time assistant director/first time director Robert Lorenz but it's schmaltzy, predictable, forgettable and for want of a better word, meh!

- SirPant, Friday, July 26, 2013