There are three draws to the movie Trouble with the Curve: a strained father-daughter relationship, baseball and Clint Eastwood .  Admittedly, there are additional attractions to this film, but at the very least it can be said that these  three bring people into the theater.  Once they are in the seats, other features keep them entertained.

Gus is a long time scout for the Atlanta Braves major league baseball team.  His age is catching up to him and eroding the confidence that younger personnel members of the Braves organization.  Our hero suspected that time was catching up with him, but he was in denial.

Behind the scenes the influencers of the organization were pressuring the decision-makers to let him go.  A young computer savvy up-and-comer was vying for the GM spot and envisioned himself taking the organization to new heights through software analysis of players.  He had no more time or patience with the old way of scouting for talent.

Gus was given one more chance to prove his value to the Braves.  He was to travel to North Carolina and assigned to assess the young prospect that was garnering so much attention in the sports world.  To insure his success, Pete, part of the influencers in the management level, asked Gus’ daughter Mickey to go with him and make sure that everything worked out.

Mickey is a young corporate attorney.  She is a hard driver and talented.  Her ambition puts her on the fast track to become her legal firm’s first female partner.  One more successful case and the partnership was all but assured. 

Now, the crossroads appeared.  She could not both join her father on a scouting trip and work the important case for her firm.  Drawn to her dysfunctional relationship with her widowed father, she went on the scouting trip, hoping to manage the legal case via internet remote options.

Gus’ instincts for the game led him to a conclusion about the baseball prospect.  Atlanta was not happy and chose to discount Gus’ advice and draft according to their preconceived plan.  It proved to be a mistake; Gus was right.

The story line was very predictable.  But, while some may consider that a negative, I like happy endings.  The surprises along the way is what makes a story worth watching.

What made this slice of life fascinating was the revealing circumstances that made Gus send his daughter away after his wife, her mother, passed away.  It was riveting, surprising and satisfying.  People jump to the negative conclusions about others so quickly.  This was a good movie to see.

photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography

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