It sure has for old guard Atlanta Braves baseball scout Gus Lobel portrayed well enough by Clint Eastwood. We first meet up with Lobel in the bathroom where the age factor hasn’t been kind to his urinating process.
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE has widower Gus totally set in his ways. He doesn’t use a computer and instead prefers to evaluate the talent on its home turf where he judges strictly by gut instinct.
But his eyesight is failing and he’s probably facing his final draft as his contract is coming up for renewal, the chances of which are practically nil.
“Get outta here before I have a heart attack trying to kill you.”
Enter fellow scout and pal John Goodman who persuades Gus’ semi-estranged attorney daughter Amy Adams to join dad on the road, evaluate his abilities and make sure he’s still capable of carrying out the task. Making for sparks-flying, cross family conflicts.
What we’ve got here is GRUMPY OLD MEN meets GRAN TORINO, which everyone thought would be Clint’s swan song.
But Eastwood’s long time collaborator Robert Lorenz was able to persuade the icon into just one more outing in front of the camera with Lorenz taking over directing duties.
Think of it as a cliche-ridden, aging baseball drama, but which certainly isn’t anything close to MONEYBALL.
However it’s sure a crowd-pleaser, as evidenced by the audience at the recent critics preview screening.
His take on retirement: “Being comfortable is overrated.”
TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE also features Justin Timberlake as a rival Boston Red Sox scout with sights set on Amy Adams.
It opens to 3-1/2 out of 5 stubborn fingers.