Trouble with the Curve

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

“Being alone sucks.”

I expected to love this movie. It had everything going for it, but like a top prospect that has all the tools but can’t hit Uncle Charlie, Trouble with the Curve can’t seem to put it all together. It’s predictable and formulaic where it should be innovative. It doesn’t have much emotional depth. The whole plot doesn’t really seem very logical. Worst of all, it’s just way to long.

There were things I liked about the film, but over all it’s a swing and a miss. Clint Eastwood is very good, especially in the first-half of the movie, unfortunately his character doesn’t really get much of an arc, so I was just left thinking how he was basically playing a watered-down version of his character from Gran Torino. Justin Timberlake has convinced me that he is an actual actor, but his character is kind of an annoying dork. As for Amy Adams, I usually think she’s fantastic, I don’t know what happened to her. Honestly, it’s like her character was being portrayed by Pam Beesly from The Office, and I do mean the fictional receptionist from Pennsylvania, not actress Jenna Fischer. I’ll sit through and enjoy just about any baseball movie, and the fact that this one featured my beloved Atlanta Braves should have resulted in enough bonus points to guarantee that I’d like the movie. I really wanted to like it, but around the two-hour mark I realized I just wanted it to be over. Suffice to say, it’s not worth seeing.

[Trouble with the Curve (2012) – Directed by Robert Lorenz – Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking]

OM|ED Rating: Not Worth Seeing