Clint Eastwood may be making headlines lately for addressing empty chairs/conversing with invisible presidents, but the renowned actor/director is about to step in front of the camera again for the first time in four years.
In “Trouble with the Curve,” Eastwood stars as a crotchety aging tough guy, as only Eastwood can. His Gus Lobel is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves whose best days in his career are behind him. His company doesn’t think he’s adapting to the evolving business, and the vision problems he’s been keeping a secret are worsening, threatening his ability to see the players he’s scouting.
The company gives him one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to be a great scout and sends him to check out a potential new recruit. He clashes with his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), who accompanies him on the trip, and he reconnects with a former baseball player he scouted (Justin Timberlake).
Eastwood hasn’t appeared onscreen since “Gran Torino” in 2008, gravitating primarily toward directing. And “Trouble with the Curve” marks the first time he’s appeared in a film he hasn’t directed in years (though director Robert Lorenz is a frequent collaborator, having produced many of Eastwood’s recent films).
Overall it looks like a sentimental, somewhat predictable film, but I’m interested to see Eastwood in action again, and the supporting talent involved should help elevate “Trouble with the Curve” above similar stories about reaching a turning point in life.
“Trouble with the Curve” hits theaters Sept. 21. Check out the trailer below, and tell us what you think in the comments section.
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