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Trouble with the Curve Film Review

posted Oct 17, 2012, 12:07 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 4:07 PM ]
By Casey Shatraw 

   Aging is a very prominent theme in Trouble with the Curve, as our protagonist, Gus (Eastwood) battles not only his growing age, but his fractured relationship with his daughter Mickey (Adams). In a time where technology is becoming the primary scouting tool, an old veteran scout like Gus (who is becoming blind) is left behind in the dust without any regret. Luckily his shaky and unresolved mentality is alleviated when his daughter Mickey, a lawyer, comes to visit and stay with him on his latest scouting expedition. The elephant in the room is easily addressed when she arrives (Gus sent her to live with relatives when she was little) and this serves as a source of tension between the two as Gus attempts to keep his job alive. While there, Mickey not only helps her dad with his job, but she also meets people like Johnny (Timberlake) who helps to lighten up her stiff state of mind. As past emotions clash with present situations, Trouble with the Curve explores the many different types of relationships that go on in a person’s life, and remind us that the latest technology isn't always an effective tool.

     The edgy and almost uncomfortable relationship that Gus has with Mickey serves as the primary relationship in the film. There are many others, such as Gus’ not only with himself, but also his job, and the romantic relationship with Mickey and Johnny is present as well. And while it is always nice to Eastwood on screen, his relationship in Adams is actually the weakest one. It’s not that Eastwood and Adams themselves have any problem with their screen time, but it’s the writing that doesn't allow for such a successful and natural relationship. Sure, Adams and Eastwood are undeniably charming and entertaining in their own way, but it doesn't feel natural. It is too stale and lacks that extra emotional feeling, primarily because it is not developed. Adams and Timberlake, and their characters, are actually the strongest on screen, due to their clever dialogue, and all-around natural presence.

     Trouble with the Curve also falls short on occasion with its inability to engage with the audience. In pockets, the film isn't very interesting to say the least, and this is simply because the dialogue towards the beginning isn't interesting or clever enough to compensate for its bland plot structure. Luckily, the film does pick up as the relationships between the characters begin to surface, and the character development begins to solidify. Eastwood’s dialogue brings laughs, and it is nice to see a film that challenges a very realistic theme. Is technology truly the best way forward? Or do we need people like Gus to provide that irreplaceable human instinct? 

     Trouble with the Curve is a decent attempt to break in relationships with baseball, and for the most part does a fair job. Anyone looking for a reason to see a film about baseball, relationships, Eastwood on screen, or even Adams or Timberlake, will enjoy the heartwarming nostalgic feeling they all bring.


Trouble with the Curve:   6/10    “C+”