Eastwood never breaks a sweat as a veteran baseball scout who uses old-school techniques—his eyes, ears, and instinct—to find promising young talent. But the “suits” in the front office, particularly one arrogant young fellow (played by Matthew Lillard) who banks on computer statistics, thinks he’s over the hill. That’s why a longtime friend and colleague (John Goodman) urges Eastwood’s daughter, an uptight corporate lawyer (Amy Adams), to check up on him as he embarks on a new spring-training season. Eastwood and Adams have a rocky relationship, at best, but it turns out she picked up more than a passing knowledge about baseball while she was growing up. Justin Timberlake is well cast as a former Eastwood discovery who’s just joined the scouting pool and takes more than a passing interest in Adams.
Only after the film was over did I realize that there hadn’t been any gratuitous cursing, let alone sex or nudity, in Trouble with the Curve. It’s a film you could enjoy with your adolescent children…or your parents. It’s not what anyone would term cutting-edge moviemaking, but it’s a solid piece of entertainment—and you don’t have to be in Eastwood’s age bracket to appreciate that.
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