Trouble with the Curve

Published May 22, 2013

Trouble with the Curve

Film info

  • Title Trouble with the Curve
  • Director Robert Lorenz
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 51m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Whatever life throws at you

Gus Lobel 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. Nevertheless, Gus refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey, an associate at a high powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries, revealing long held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:41 Tin of cold spam for breakfast. Grim.
5:14 It’s pretty fun to have Clint Eastwood as your dad!
9:33 Aww, glasses and a magnifying glass. That’s big!
11:38 He says interweb like he’s pretending not to know what it means. But I actually call it that sometimes!
13:17 What about when your contract is up? “Sign another one for more money.”
15:29 “Couldn’t hit the beach with a beach ball.”
16:44 Why go to the doctor if you’re not going to listen to the answer?
19:23 He’s called Pete! Everyone needs a Pete!
22:58 Jeez, whatever happened to doctor/patient confidentiality!?
30:53 They can’t hire Bo, he’s horrible.
34:04 Johnny “The Flame” Flanagan is a terrible name.
35:14 “Plus he can rap. Can De Niro rap?” Loving their film conversations.
41:24 I don’t think getting with girls is part of the visualisation technique.
44:09 She’s quite short, particularly when stood next to Timberlake.
46:52 If you build it, they will come.
50:23 I mean, if a ‘what if’ plagued you for eight hours a day… how could you cope?
53:39 They are both so stubborn.
56:05 Hehe, Timberlake dissing the Kardashians.
59:14 Any dance described as “just keep bouncing” is a worry.
1:03:34 I like the description of not having any available space.
1:10:57 “I’m visualising mega endorsement deals.” Bah.
1:18:07 She says where are we going and do I need my shoes. I’d say, if you don’t know where you are going, take the shoes!
1:20:20 Actually, you don’t need your shoes to jump in a lake.
1:25:09 I like the big wall charts of stuff.
1:37:11 “Being comfortable is overrated.” Is it??
1:43:20 Ugh, suckup!
1:45:59 He didn’t say he was sorry or anything. But it is JT.


We’re gradually growing into the sports genre of films, and after watching (and loving!) Moneyball, we were keen to see what another baseball film would be like. I only half-watched the trailer and knew it would be worth a viewing.

Loved this, although not quite as much as Moneyball. I thought it was quite predictable in places, and although the emotional journey was interesting and incredibly well-acted, you could sort of see where it was going from very early on. However, we have recently been talking about how John Goodman steals every film he is in, no matter how small the part. Turns out that is not the case when Clint Eastwood is involved.

Loved the relationship between the three main parties, loved the story - although it did feel as though someone watched Moneyball and wanted to write the exact opposite, bigging up the people rather than the computers.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

← Previous Confessions of a Shopaholic
Next → Flight