“Trouble with the Curve”

September 29th, 2012 at 8:53 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 51 minutes

Staring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake

Nobody plays an old grouch with a chip on his shoulder with more conviction than Clint Eastwood. “Trouble with the Curve” is the sweetly sentimental fable about the aging baseball scout with failing eyesight, and his last chance to patch up the relationship with his estranged daughter Amy Adams. And Eastwood plays it for all its worth.

Amy Adams is convincing as Eastwood’s long neglected daughter, you’re willing to forgive the screenplay being so stacked with cliché’s. Their best heart tugging scenes together are filled with old wounds blocking emotional reconciliation.

Making certain that “Trouble with the Curve” touches all the bases, romantic Justin Timberlake provides Adams with just the right amount of hormonal relief from all that family stress.

Eastwood never lets us forget that even at age 82, deep down he’s still vintage “Dirty Harry” and “Josey Wales.”

“Trouble with the Curve” is a delightfully hokey slice of down-home heart throbbing. Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams are perfect together, which helps give “Trouble with the Curve” a winning score of three stars.

As Eastwood himself might have said decades ago, this lovely film will make your day.

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