Clint does Hallmark
Gus (Clint Eastwood) has been a baseball scout as long as anyone can remember, even his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) spent some of her childhood talking baseball and travelling with him. But not only is his sight starting to fail but there are those at the team he works for who think retirement is due especially as they have computers which can analyse players much quicker than Gus can. It is because of old friend Pete (John Goodman) that Mickey agrees to take some time off from work as a corporate lawyer and go on the road with Gus, part hoping she will get to understand why her father ended up becoming so cantankerous towards her. It is on the road they run in to Johnny (Justin Timberlake) a pitcher which Gus one scouted but after blowing his elbow out has become a scout.
Who would have ever thought Clint Eastwood would star in a TV movie... okay so "Trouble with the Curve" isn't a made for TV movie but it has a storyline which certainly wouldn't have been out of place made as Hallmark drama. It has all the ingredients, the old timer who not only is too proud to confront his health issues, the strained relationship between a father and daughter both too hard nosed to admit their own issues, and there is even the nice guy who is an old friend of the father that they meet on the road who clearly cares for the old man like he was his own father and becomes close to the daughter.
The difference between "Trouble with the Curve" and your every day made for TV movie comes down to time, money and what money can buy be it the men behind the camera, the writers at their computers as well as of course the actors in front of the screen. As such when you have the trio of Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake you have the talent to lift a movie because they give their characters personality be it Clint giving us old and cantankerous or Timberlake giving it young and cocky. I won't lie as there is nothing stand out about these characters or the performances but they work to make "Trouble with the Curve" simply easy to watch entertainment and maybe the sort of movie which fans of Hallmark dramas will enjoy.
What this all boils down to is that "Trouble with the Curve" is simply an enjoyable drama with a nice amount of charm which makes a predictable story easy to watch. And a big part of why it is entertaining is simply down to the cast who do a nice job of bringing out their characters personalities.
Tags: Baseball Movies