Sunday we finally got in to our normal routine of seeing a movie at the theater. Our weekends have been so busy lately that we just haven’t had the time. Not to mention there really hasn’t been anything super exciting to see. On my Google calendar I have a weekly movie schedule of movies that we would like to see. I’ve had Trouble With The Curve listed for this weekend for a while but neither I or Adam was really excited for it. Yes, we like Clint Eastwood, I really do adore Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake is usually hilarious in movies. We had just about decided to skip the movies for another week but decided it would feel good to get back into our Sunday movie routine. So we had some breakfast/lunch at Cracker Barrel and headed to the theater. Here is what I thought about Trouble With The Curve …
Synopsis from Fandango:
An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) with failing sight hits the road with his estranged daughter (Amy Adams) to pursue a promising young ballplayer, and they learn just how much they have in common as they make their way from Georgia to North Carolina in this sports drama produced and directed by frequent Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz. For decades, Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in Major League Baseball. But these days his eyes just aren't what they used to be, and as a phenomenal young batter enters the draft, the owners of the Atlanta Braves cast a shadow of doubt over Gus' judgment. Meanwhile, his daughter Mickey ( Adams) is an aspiring partner at a major Atlanta law firm. In the wake of his wife's death, Gus sent Mickey away, and their relationship has been strained ever since. But she knows a thing or two about baseball, and recognizing that her father's job is in jeopardy, she decides to help him -- even at the risk of derailing her own career. Now, throwing caution to the wind (and ignoring her gruff father's objections), Mickey joins Gus for a scouting trip that could keep him in the game until he's ready to retire, as well as repair a father/daughter relationship that once seemed all but lost.
This movie really surprised me and had everything I could ask for in a movie. There was a lot of humor from Clint Eastwood about getting old that kept us laughing. I really connected with Amy Adams’ character because I know how it feels to be abandoned by a parent and not understand why. It was great to see her and her dad come together over a shared love of baseball and work through their issues to find a relationship that they had never had before. Of course along the way she finds Justin Timberlake’s character, who is also a baseball scout, and realizes that she can no longer push people away to avoid rejection. I Justin in movies because he brings his own personality to the character and always has some witty comeback. Both Adam and I laughed so much throughout the movie and there was one part that I cried. We both thought it was a fantastic movie. Of course he said it was all fairy tale in the end because you knew everything would work out and they would live happily ever after. Hey I’m ok with a fairy tale ending because it’s just a movie and I think we could use a few more happy endings in life.
I give it 3.5 stars out 5 because it was predictable but it was also heartwarming and had a great message. I would definitely watch it again and again but it probably won’t be one I will buy for my collection.
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