Trouble with the Curve

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Trouble with the Curve

JOY REVIEW

Trouble With the Curve stars Clint Eastwood as an over-the-hill baseball scout, Amy Adams as his high-powered, estranged lawyer daughter, and Justin Timberlake as an ex-protégé of Clint’s who blew out his arm and is now a scout for the Red Sox, trying to move up to a job in the booth as an announcer.  Clint Eastwood, I think, has become kind of a caricature of himself.  He just grimaces.  I didn’t hate the story.  It’s also done by a first-time director, who’s one of Clint Eastwood’s collaborators, and the music is a little predictable, the story’s a little predictable, and all the lines are a little predictable.  Justin Timberlake is really a charming presence, I just wish his voice weren’t quite so squeaky.  Sounds much more like Minnie Mouse than we’d like.  But having said that, it’s kind of an all-American, kind of feel good movie; you’re going to get involved in this story about America’s pastime.  It’s kind of like the Blindside, Clint Eastwood style.  A little sappy, but not a sense of a little bit too long and a little bit too amateurish, but still, that’s probably part of it’s virtue.  Three stars.

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