Trouble With The Curve

The rotten tomatoes report will tell you this story is familiar as apple pie.
Trouble is, this movie’s just too familiar for most critics.

-The secondary characters got through their scripts & out of the protagonist’s way.

-The “bad guys” are one dimensional.

-It’s very elliptical, and tidy, leaving little to subtext.

But how much surprise is it fair to expect of this movie? Would you go to a vendor selling hot dogs with a “really unexpected shocker”? That’s the kind of thing you want to hear when getting on a roller coaster like The Dark Knight Rises.

After all, if you watch the trailers, you know what this movie is: a heart-warming all-American story. No shame in that.

So Trouble With the Curve doesn’t hit it out of the park. Still, watching a fearful and distant father at the mound, with his daughter vying for his affection at the plate, and the rest of the cast save Timberlake and Goodman in the outfield, it’s a good story, because I took something home with me.

It’s nothing fancy, and that’s just fine because like Mickey says to her father as she marches past him with a hotdog in each hand, “I couldn’t resist any more.”

Sometimes we just want a well-told story; The kind captured in the scene when Johnny shares a drink with his mentor, Gus, I’m sure it was Junior Wells and Buddy Guy’s appropriately simple, recurring blues played in the bar. The movie has this feel throughout.

There are cheesy moments, one in particular that was too much. You’ll know it when you see it. Laughable, and forgivable.

Forgivable because those simple cords have influence, and a master like Eastwood, even though he’s not directing, makes a simple story more than acceptable, especially when complimented by Goodman, Timberlake, and a very good performance by Adams. It’s also family-friendly, save the occasional curse word, a swimming scene with young couple in their fruit-of-the-looms, and a flashback through the eyes of a scared father (largely because of what’s implied).

So what did I take home?
An old man with a broken down life, who’s daily routine includes peeing like Morse code in the morning, can be wealthy with a daughter who loves him. What’s not to like?

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2 thoughts on “Trouble With The Curve

  1. Nice write-up. And very similar to what I wrote about it: the cast saves all. It’s as predictable as a rookie pitcher with a tell – or that metaphor itself, but still satisfying.

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