Sunday, June 1, 2014

Trouble with the Curve

I watched this other day, because I thought it might be pretty good having Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in it.  It was worth watching once as a filler movie, but was definitely not at the top of Eastwood's work.

Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports drama film.  The film revolves around an aging baseball scout (Eastwood) whose deteriorating health leads his daughter (Amy Adams) to accompany him on one last scouting trip.  This is the first movie that Eastwood has acted in since 2008's Gran Torino, and his first acting role that he didn't also direct since his cameo in 1995's Casper.

The cast includes:
Clint Eastwood as Gus (Bridges of Madison County, Unforgiven, Good the Bad and the Ugly)
Chelcie Ross as Smitty (Mad Men, Drag Me to Hell, Basic Instinct, Major League, Hoosiers)
Amy Adams as Mickey (Enchanted, American Hustle, Her, Man of Steel, The Fighter, Leap Year)
Matthew Lillard as Phillip (Scoppy Doo, The Bridge, Without a Paddle, Thir13en Ghosts)
John Goodman as Pete (Monster's, Inc, Argo, Alpha House, Roseanne, Community, Evan Almighty)
Justin Timberlake as Johnny (SNL, In Time, Friends with Benefits, Bad Teacher, Alpha Dog)

A year after Trouble with the Curve was released it became the subject of a plagiarism lawsuit by a producer alleging that his former partner had taken an unfinished script after a dispute.  The results of the lawsusit were that the original was draftds as early as 1996.  A judge found that the similarities were over-stated and that the film was not a plagiarism.   Overall criticism to the film marked it at around 50%.

I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.  It was not a spectacular film, but it wasn't horrible.  Kind of a boring movie, a lot of potential, but kind of a snoozer in terms of action.  Interesting look into sports scouting. 

You can visit the official website at: Trouble with the Curve

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