Review: “Trouble With The Curve” lifts spirits

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    Clint Eastwood plays Gus, a cranky father and seasoned baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves, in the film Trouble with the Curve.

    Gus is getting older and is in danger of being let go by the Braves for a younger and more technologically savvy scout.  He is losing his eyesight, which makes him grumpy and vulnerable. 

    When his daughter Mickey comes to help him scout a new player, he gets more frustrated that she thinks he can’t scout anymore. 

    Amy Adams plays Mickey and holds her own while on screen with the great Clint Eastwood.  Her character is a lawyer who is about to make partner at the law firm where she works.  Mickey decides to use the trip to hopefully mend the almost non-existent relationship she has with her father.   

    Growing up around baseball, Mickey has inherited her father's scouting skills.

    Justin Timberlake also joins the cast as Johnny, who was originally scouted by Gus and is now a scout.  Mickey and Johnny become friends because of their genuine love for baseball. 

    The performances on screen are great. Adams and Eastwood have a believable father-daughter dynamic. 

    The film appeals to everyone and is about forgiveness and the good guy winning in the end.  
    Although Trouble with the Curve has not been No. 1 at the box office, it has come in the No. 2 spot in opening weekend and is an entertaining, feel-good movie. 

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.