In “Trouble With the Curve,” Clint Eastwood looks almost as silly as he was at the RNC. At age 82, the edge and conviction in this particular performance is definitely waning.
Eastwood plays a life-long, successful scout for the Atlanta Braves. He’s on the road following a hitting phenom who many in the Atlanta organization think will be the next Albert Pujols, although the actor playing the kid looks to be an overweight high schooler with all the power of the Pillsbury Doughboy. He’s not convincing at all, like most of this motion picture.
Amy Adams plays Eastwood’s daughter, a successful lawyer trying to become the first female partner in her firm. Eastwood’s wife died when his daughter was just 6-years-old, and to his daughter he seems to have been more interested in his career than being a Dad. Justin Timberlake plays a former rookie pitcher whose arm went bad, so now he’s scouting too with an eye on becoming a play-by-play announcer, Of course, he has eyes for Amy.
John Goodman plays the Brave’s Director of Player Personnel who wonders if Eastwood’s character is still up to his work or has perhaps gotten too old and rigid in his thinking.
On the surface, “Trouble With the Curve” seems like the stuff of a great film. Unfortunately, it isn’t. The chemistry among Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake is practically non-existent. What little attempt at humor there is doesn’t work. The script lacks common sense and is forced. Eastwood doesn’t display the character strength he normally demonstrates.