"Trouble with the Curve"
RATED PG-13 (language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking)
DIRECTOR: Robert Lorenz
CAST: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake
"Trouble With the Curve" is a baseball dramedy that telegraphs its pitches. It's an amiable, meandering character study whose big plot points hang there like the curveballs of its title. We see them coming a long time before they cross the plate.
It has the faded twinkle of late-period Clint Eastwood, rasping through another curmudgeon role, embracing, one more time, his role as America's Coot. The film has its charm, but it's neither as graceful nor as spare as a movie Eastwood himself would have directed.
Clint plays a chatty old cuss named Gus Lobel, legendary scout for the Atlanta Braves. His boss (John Goodman) ticks off the superstars he discovered and insists, "Gus could spot talent from an airplane."