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Trouble with the Curve

Posted by admin on September 27, 2012

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Our parents are something we need to think about all the time. As children, they are the ones to guide us and help us become who we are. Once we’re adults, we have to look out, as our mom and dad will start their trip into the golden years. Obviously, things won’t be the same and we have to accept this. Our parents will start asking for advice, opinions, and even money. I know how much trouble my parents had in teaching my grandparents computers. It was all about simplifying it as much as possible. When we make things easier, are benefiting everyone or are we changing something that shouldn’t be tampered with. 

For something like Trouble With the Curve to arrive is interesting for me. I’m in my mid-twenties, and I’m already thinking about what’s best for my parents. This is a movie about the relationship between an older man and his adult daughter. It’s another plot of “spending time with each other will bring each other closer” scenario. This is a concept that has been done forever in Hollywood. When I found out that Clint Eastwood was playing our lead, I was hoping that an experienced guy like him can bring some true life experience into this movie.

This is the first baseball movie since Moneyball. In here, Clint Eastwood plays Gus Lobal. He’s apparently been a scout for the Atlanta Braves for a long time, bringing in some of the most successful players in history. He also again plays the selfish, grumpy man who needs to act tough to prove he’s still got the will. Time has caught up with him, and he has a reluctance to use computer statistics and rely on instinct. This may be Gus’s last shot to prove he still has what it takes to find a great player. His boss Pete (played by John Goodman) doesn’t want to see his friend out of a job, so he asks Gus’s daughter Mickey to join with him to help.

Mickey Lobal is played by Amy Adams. She’s a successful attorney who’s about to become partner. Though reluctant, she uses this chance to try and bond with her father. They both travel to several games, following a high school team who may have the next big star. Also in the mix is Johnny (played by Justin Timberlake), a former baseball player and fellow scout, who also has the hot’s for Mickey.

If you seen this kind of story of paternal bonding before, then you can already tell what’s going to happen. If you seen most of Clint Eastwood’s films from the past twenty years, then you’ve seen this kind of performance already. If it wasn’t for the fact that he has such a charisma, then this movie would be nothing more then your Hollywood factory film. It’s kind of a bore without him. Trouble With the Curve seems it would rather stay safe then tell something less predictable. While I enjoy seeing Eastwood play his rugged character, the novelty is wearing off. I would rather see him do something different.

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I’ll give this three lists of baseball statistics out of five. If you’re an Eastwood fan or a baseball fan, then I’d give it a watch. Otherwise, there’s not much more you can learn here from other paternal bonding movies. 

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