Film Watch – 314. Trouble with the Curve

trouble-with-the-curveFast Facts

Title: Trouble with the Curve
Director: Robert Lorenz
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 51m

Background Info

We’re gradually growing into the sports genre of films, and after watching (and loving!) Moneyball, we were keen to see what another baseball film would be like. I only half-watched the trailer and knew it would be worth a viewing.

Live Blog

1:41 – Tin of cold spam for breakfast. Grim.
5:14 – It’s pretty fun to have Clint Eastwood as your dad!
9:33 – Aww, glasses and a magnifying glass. That’s big!
11:38 – He says interweb like he’s pretending not to know what it means. But I actually call it that sometimes!
13:17 – What about when your contract is up? “Sign another one for more money.”
15:29 – “Couldn’t hit the beach with a beach ball.”
16:44 – Why go to the doctor if you’re not going to listen to the answer?
19:23 – He’s called Pete! Everyone needs a Pete!
22:58 – Jeez, whatever happened to doctor/patient confidentiality!?
30:53 – They can’t hire Bo, he’s horrible.
34:04 – Johnny “The Flame” Flanagan is a terrible name.
35:14 – “Plus he can rap. Can De Niro rap?” Loving their film conversations.
41:24 – I don’t think getting with girls is part of the visualisation technique.
44:09 – She’s quite short, particularly when stood next to Timberlake.
46:52 – If you build it, they will come.
50:23 – I mean, if a ‘what if’ plagued you for eight hours a day… how could you cope?
53:39 – They are both so stubborn.
56:05 – Hehe, Timberlake dissing the Kardashians.
59:14 – Any dance described as “just keep bouncing” is a worry.
1:03:34 – I like the description of not having any available space.
1:10:57 – “I’m visualising mega endorsement deals.” Bah.
1:18:07 – She says where are we going and do I need my shoes. I’d say, if you don’t know where you are going, take the shoes!
1:20:20 – Actually, you don’t need your shoes to jump in a lake.
1:25:09 – I like the big wall charts of stuff.
1:37:11 – “Being comfortable is overrated.” Is it??
1:43:20 – Ugh, suckup!
1:45:59 – He didn’t say he was sorry or anything. But it is JT.

Conclusions

Loved this, although not quite as much as Moneyball. I thought it was quite predictable in places, and although the emotional journey was interesting and incredibly well-acted, you could sort of see where it was going from very early on. However, we have recently been talking about how John Goodman steals every film he is in, no matter how small the part. Turns out that is not the case when Clint Eastwood is involved.

Loved the relationship between the three main parties, loved the story – although it did feel as though someone watched Moneyball and wanted to write the exact opposite, bigging up the people rather than the computers.

Rating: 4/5

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