Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trouble with the Curve Review - 2½ Stars

Fans of Clint Eastwood will find plenty to like in “Trouble with the Curve.”  Eastwood plays another crusty old guy, working in this story as a scout for the Atlanta Braves.  But time has caught up with the old man.  His eye doctor wants to run some tests.  But Eastwood has no time for eye tests—he must  take a look at a promising hitter up in Asheville, North Carolina.   Best friend John Goodman talks Eastwood’s feisty daughter Amy Adams into joining the old man on the trip.  As in many other Eastwood stories, the father and daughter have issues which receive a slow but gentle work out over the course of events.  Justin Timberlake continues his string of good work as a fellow scout and former player who also has an eye for Amy Adams, and a need to teach her how to overcome her busy lady lawyer life.  “Trouble with the Curve” reminds me of a lot of Eastwood’s movies.  It has a slow steady pace and ties up rather neatly at the end.  Don’t go expecting any surprises or anything new out of Eastwood and company.   This one’s familiar territory and comfortable.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Predictable but good.  Is it entertaining?  Eastwood fans will like.  Is it worth the price of admission?  If you don’t need a challenge.