Film: Trouble With The Curve

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Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. Eastwood plays Gus Lobel, a baseball talent scout for the Atlanta Braves. Gus's eyesight is failing, more of his job is being done by computers he doesn't understand, and he's badly estranged with his daughter, Mickey (Adams). He's given an assignment to determine whether it's time to put him to pasture, to evaluate Bo Gentry, an up and coming batter. In the course of the scouting trip, he's forced to admit to his failings, and he tries to connect once more with his daughter.

This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Chekhov's Skill: Early in the film, Rigo tosses a bag of peanuts to Bo. His throw is smooth, fast, and on-target.
  • Cutting the Electronic Leash: Near the end of the film, Mickey tosses her ringing cellphone in a dumpster.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Gus reveals that the reason he farmed Mickey off to an uncle she barely knew for a year was because he lost track of her at a game and found her being felt up by a strange guy in a shack.
  • One of the Boys: Mickey grew up around baseball players. She can be feminine, but as she notes, she also knows how to drink, swear, and fart with the guys.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Philip, the man gunning for Gus's job, does all of his work by computer statistics. Gus goes out and watches, and listens, to the players being scouted. Despite there being a clean winner in the approach, it is pointed out that Phillip has a more repeatable process and that he gets more work done.
  • Title Drop: Near the end of the film, Gus states outright that Bo Gentry has "trouble with the curve".
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mickey's life has largely been predicated on showing herself worthy so that her father will bring her back into his life.
  • Workaholic: Mickey has worked every Saturday for the last seven years, and she doesn't stop on the roadtrip.