This past weekend, a crisp autumn air moved in to most towns across America summoning that nostalgic feeling that comes every fall, tipping off our internal clocks that baseball playoff season has officially arrived. Throwing me into a reminiscent state of home runs and cracker jacks, I went to see “Trouble with the Curve” this past weekend.
The movie stars the always great Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel, a legendary Atlanta Braves baseball scout with failing eyesight. His daughter Mickey, played by the lovely Amy Adams, is an ambitious lawyer on track to make partner at her prestigious Atlanta law firm.
When Gus is sent to scout a top prospect in North Carolina, his boss (John Goodman) asks Mickey to accompany and assist him, as he fears Gus’s health is failing. Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him, jeopardizing her own career to save his.
And there the story unfolds. Days filled with a bevy of scouts by the sandlot and nights at the bar, swapping stories and hanging out with fellow scouts (enter Justin Timberlake).
This was Eastwood’s first time in 19 years that he’s acted for a director other than himself, and his familiar growl and crotchetiness played perfectly in the role of Gus. He has one particularly poignant scene where he sings “You Are My Sunshine” over his wife’s grave — showing that while he may be tough as nails, he still has heart. Meanwhile, Adams once again showed her impeccable acting chops. Going toe-to-toe with Eastwood with ease, she practically stole the show.
The verdict: While it may be predictable, it’s lovable. Eastwood and Adams are simply spectacular together and their father-daughter arc is told both beautifully and passionately. While it may be far from the best movie 2012 has to offer, this has been one of my favorites from the past nine months, for sentimental reasons if nothing else. Definitely a must-see this fall.
Opened: September 21, 2012
Director: Robert Lorenz
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman