Apparently baseball movies are making a comeback. Perhaps, thanks to Moneyball. And what Brad Pitt did for Moneyball, Clint Eastwood is doing for Trouble with the Curve. When Eastwood leads a film, there are certain expectations on the quality of the film. Unfortunately, Trouble with the Curve fails to come even remotely close to fulfilling any such expectations.
Eastwood plays Gus, a cranky and stubborn veteran baseball scout whose age is catching up with him. With his advancing age, his team, the Atlanta Braves, and the younger employees, specifically one portrayed by Matthew Lillard, are losing faith in his abilities. Which is when his boss, played by John Goodman, convinces Gus’s daughter Mickey (portrayed by Amy Adams) to take some time off from her job as a lawyer to help her father out on his latest, and potentially last, scouting venture. The only problem is that Mickey’s on the verge of making partner at her firm and struggles to balance the two. Add to that Mickey’s unresolved Daddy Issues plus a romantic interest in a former pitcher that Gus scouted (portrayed by Justin Timberlake). It’s a full plate in terms of story.
So does Trouble with the Curve knock the ball out of the park? Not so much. Eastwood spends the film overacting while the film’s one-liners fall flat. In addition, the final half-hour of the film is all just a little too neat and tidy — and shockingly predictable — in the way it resolves all the conflicts. Trouble with the Curve isn’t even that entertaining.