1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

A little too much 'Trouble' in new baseball movie

By September 26, 2012

Follow me on:

Finally caught "Trouble With The Curve" on Wednesday, and I was mildly entertained. But just mildly.

It wasn't quite "Moneyball" -- in fact, it was kind of the anti-Moneyball, about an old-time baseball scout who doesn't even own a computer.

With Clint Eastwood as the Atlanta Braves scout, Amy Adams as his baseball-loving lawyer daughter and Justin Timberlake as a scout for the competing Boston Red Sox, it's another baseball movie with star-power. It's really a father-daughter story, but with baseball as its backdrop. go to a small town in North Carolina to scout a can't-miss high school prospect.

It was real disappointment at the box office in its first weekend, and judging by the sparsely-filled theater, it's not doing that much better this week.

Why? It's a bit slow, one of those look-at-your-watch kind of movies, especially in the middle. It picks up toward the end, and it's pretty faithful to how baseball works, while being just a little simplistic for the non-baseball crowd. (Seriously, when would the big-market Red Sox and Braves pick 1-2 in the draft? And would scouts really tell each other what they think with so much at stake?)

The characters aren't all that rich -- Eastwood seemingly has played this curmudgeonly character before -- and the others seem just a bit one-dimensional. There is a payoff in the end, but it's certainly predictable.

So give it two stars out of four, and maybe wait until it's out on DVD to see it.


Comments are closed for this post.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>
Top Related Searches
  • baseball
    1. About.com
    2. Sports
    3. Baseball

    ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.