with the Curve is a movie made by old folks for old people like them. But even if you’re not a senior citizen, you can still enjoy the movie. It stars Clint Eastwood as a grumpy old man with a supporting cast that includes Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. They counter the scowling and grunting that Eastwood does all throughout the movie.
Eastwood is Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves. He refuses to use computer-generated data in order to find good players. He relies on his eyes and several other factors. But he his eyes is already failing him. Some of his colleagues want him to quit already while some want to help him through.
One of those who support Gus is Pete, played by John Goodman. Pete asks Gus’ daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) but she must also deal with personal issues first. She resents her father for neglecting her but she did learn a lot about baseball from him.
Mickey has the ability to recount the great moments of legendary players as well as stats and this is the reason why Johnny (Justin Timberlake) is attracted to her. Johnny is a scout who used to have the potential to be a star pitcher until he injured his shoulder. Gus is the one who discovered him. Timberlake gives a good performance in Trouble with the Curve.
Trouble with the Curve tackles several issues regarding the relationship between father and daughter as well as Gus’ career. Director Robert Lorenz and screenwriter Randy Brown make the movie unpredictable even with its very simple premise. The movie is Lorenz’ directorial debut but he has worked as second-unit director on several Eastwood movies, including Mystic River, Space Cowboys, and Million Dollar Baby.
Trouble with the Curve is a movie for old and young people alike. Timberlake has enough charm to please all movie goers.