Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been a top baseball scout for decades, but age has caught up with him. The Atlanta Braves' front office is questioning his judgment, especially with a hot batting phenom on deck for the draft. Enter Gus's estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an ambitious attorney on the partner track who joins him on a scouting trip, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Justin Timberlake also stars as a rival scout with his sights on an announcing career - and his eyes on Mickey.
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Clint Eastwood plays an ageing baseball talent scout who begins to realise that retirement maybe his only option when his eyesight begins to fail. He is sent out to look at the new wonder kid whom everyone is after but Eastwood's character thinks there's something wrong with him - he can't hit a curve ball, hence the title. Eastwood is accompanied on his 'road trip' by his estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), a budding lawyer and he has competition in the shape of Justin Timberlake as a rival scout. You don't have to like or understand baseball to enjoy this movie. This is a story about a father who knows his time is running out and desperately wants to reconcile with his daughter. Add into the mix Timberlake's character as Adams' love interest and you get a nice cozy popcorn drama. No guns blazing and horses thundering across the plains as in Eastwood's westerns but Eastwood seems to almost take a back seat to his younger co-stars and seems to enjoy playing the more grumpy kind of characters (Frank Dunn in 'Million Dollar Baby' to name but one). I did enjoy this 'feel good' movie but think Mr Eastwood, now in his eighties, should stick to directing and leave the acting to the younger generation.
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