With four actors that garner last name recognition, you would think Trouble with the Curve would be a home run. However, Eastwood (Gran Torino), Adams (The Fighter), Timberlake (The Social Network) and Goodman (The Artist) are surrounded with a bullpen of tobacco and half eaten sunflower seeds. And at times these stars appeared to be in four completely different movies.
Eastwood plays his usual aging and uptight character. He is a seasoned baseball scout struggling to give the Atlanta Braves a reason to trust his intuition and raw talent over the technological software programs of the new generation. His daughter (Adams) is a talented, hard-working lawyer named Mickey. She is fighting to make partner at her firm, but her heart lies somewhere else with unfinished business with her father.
Yes, as most reviews say, Eastwood and Adams create a realistic father daughter relationship, but how does the rest of the cast work together? Timberlake’s performance is solid as usual playing a scout for the Red Sox, but besides a subtle father son chemistry between him and Eastwood, he appears to be stuck in another movie. Goodman also finds himself in a very different place, with a melodramatic performance trying to transform the script into more than a predictable disappointment.
This is not 2012’s Moneyball, but it does exploit the egos of professional athletes with the character of Bo Gentry. Eastwood and Timberlake are two of numerous scouts sent to evaluate Gentry, and while most are blinded by his rain of home runs, they know something just isn’t right.
Consequently, this is an underdog story about an unlikely player and the struggles of family. You have probably seen something like it before, but the cast makes it worth more than going to a Rockies game.
By: Jonathan Havey | Editor-in-Chief