Trouble With The Curve
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick, Chelcie Ross, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Ed Lauter
Directed by: Robert Lorenz
The plot: Ageing baseball scout Gus Lobel is seen as old-fashioned and inflexible by management at the Atlanta Braves. To see if Gus is still worthy of his reputation, his boss Pete sends him to North Carolina to scout an exciting new prospect and insists that Gus's daughter Mickey accompanies the old man. She discovers that Gus's eyesight is failing and he has kept this secret from his employers for fear they will consign him to the scrapheap. So Mickey becomes her father's eyes as he searches for the next big thing.
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You'll know exactly where it's going, but it still has Clint doing full-on-cranky and is a fun finger-up at corporate suits the world over.
A highly accomplished directorial debut - albeit one that stays well within the bounds of Hollywood's cookie-cutter approach to the family portrait.
A solid heart-tugger that plays with a straight bat when it comes to plot, character and message.