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"Trouble With the Curve" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

 

Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him and his eyes are failing. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his.

 

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 46 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard
  • Directed by: Robert Lorenz
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This film is a pretty much by-the-numbers film about a father and daughter coming to terms with family issues, including the predictable happy resolution ending. Clint looks and sounds old, and I don't mean that in an "acting' sort of way. Really, he sounds like he has throat cancer. This is a safe movie to watch with the gal of your choice and be entertained for the night, but I don't think it will hold up for repeated viewings. The Adams-Timberlake relationship and chemistry are pretty good, but the script is a bit too familiar. This film plays it safe with a fast ball right down the middle.

Technical

Both picture and sound are exemplary. Night scenes are inky in contrast and colors are solid. I saw no artifacts or aliasing during any of the movie. Details are fine. Though much of the dialog is front heavy, the surrounds and sub come into play when called upon. Dialog is easy to understand, even Clint's hoarse whispering.

 

Extras

The extras bunt with: Rising Through the Ranks and For the Love of the Game commentaries. That's it. No trailers. It does contain a DVD and Ultraviolet copy.