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Doug's Take: Doug's take: 'Trouble With the Curve' is a solid hit for Clint

Published: Friday, Sept. 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

(L?r) AMY ADAMS as Mickey and CLINT EASTWOOD as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures? drama ?TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE,? a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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He didn't knock it out of the park, but it's a solid hit for Clint Eastwood.

The octogenarian puts his age to work in the new movie, "Trouble with the Curve," portraying a legendary baseball scout facing issues associated with aging.

Gus lives for baseball. Over his long career, the game has seeped into his bones. He can judge a pitch or a swing by the sound of the ball hitting the glove or connecting with the bat.

Problem is, Gus' vision is failing and the younger members of the scouting team, including the easy-to-hate Matthew Lillard as Phil, believe he's a dinosaur. Constantly clashing over statistics and computer models vs. eyeballing the players and following them on the road using your "gut," Gus finds himself on the professional bubble.

John Goodman stars as Gus' boss, Pete, who has confidence in his top scout, but knows something is amiss. A call is made to Mickey, Gus' semi-estranged daughter, to see if she can help dear-old-Dad on a scouting trip through the Carolinas.

Amy Adams, stepping away from her frilly princess roles, delivers a smart, tough corporate lawyer who is obsessed with gaining a partnership. The request from Pete comes at a most inopportune moment. But even though the relationship has been strained, the dutiful daughter joins her father on the road to be his backup. Seems over the tumultuous years she's picked up not only her dad's knowledge of the game, but the love of the game.

Along the way, Gus reconnects with a player he scouted and mentored whose career ended with a shoulder injury. Justin Timberlake is charming as Johnny, who is now scouting for the Red Sox and hoping for a chance at the team's broadcast booth. Is there a chance Mickey and Johnny could hit it off? Duh!

OK, this is where things get a little too predictable and a little too tidy. Sometimes you can undermine the story with everything clicking into place with almost fairy-tale precision. There is not a single loose end that isn't tied into a big bow.

The lead actor, who not only stars but has credit as producer, delivers vintage "Eastwood" — gravelly, craggy and cantankerous. Of course, I loved it. Adams and Timberlake come through with some charming moments and even a little spark.

We're certainly not talking "Million Dollar Baby" or "Gran Torino" here, but let's call "Trouble With the Curve" a triple play: ★★★

Doug's take: A solid hit for Clint

By Doug Wright

KSL Radio

He didn't knock it out of the park, but it's a solid hit for Clint Eastwood.

The octogenarian puts his age to work in the new movie, "Trouble with the Curve," portraying a legendary baseball scout facing issues associated with aging.

Gus lives for baseball. Over his long career, the game has seeped into his bones. He can judge a pitch or a swing by the sound of the ball hitting the glove or connecting with the bat.

Problem is, Gus' vision is failing and the younger members of the scouting team, including the easy-to-hate Matthew Lillard as Phil, believe he's a dinosaur. Constantly clashing over statistics and computer models vs. eyeballing the players and following them on the road using your "gut," Gus finds himself on the professional bubble.

John Goodman stars as Gus' boss, Pete, who has confidence in his top scout, but knows something is amiss. A call is made to Mickey, Gus' semi-estranged daughter, to see if she can help dear-old-Dad on a scouting trip through the Carolinas.

Amy Adams, stepping away from her frilly princess roles, delivers a smart, tough corporate lawyer who is obsessed with gaining a partnership. The request from Pete comes at a most inopportune moment. But even though the relationship has been strained, the dutiful daughter joins her father on the road to be his backup. Seems over the tumultuous years she's picked up not only her dad's knowledge of the game, but the love of the game.

Along the way, Gus reconnects with a player he scouted and mentored whose career ended with a shoulder injury. Justin Timberlake is charming as Johnny, who is now scouting for the Red Sox and hoping for a chance at the team's broadcast booth. Is there a chance Mickey and Johnny could hit it off? Duh!

OK, this is where things get a little too predictable and a little too tidy. Sometimes you can undermine the story with everything clicking into place with almost fairy-tale precision.

The lead actor, who not only stars but has credit as producer, delivers vintage "Eastwood" — gravelly, craggy and cantankerous. Of course, I loved it. Adams and Timberlake come through with some charming moments and even a little spark.

We're certainly not talking "Million Dollar Baby" or "Gran Torino" here, but let's call "Trouble With the Curve" a triple play: ★★★

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