8:00 PM, 19th February, 2013
Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is an ageing baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. He is struggling with failing eyesight and with modern technology (computer predictions and online statistics) taking over from the human element. Moneyball proved that baseball can provide the basis for a great film, Trouble With The Curve gives Hollywood a double play.
‘Curmudgeon’ is a word used in the 16th century but not used too often these days. That’s a pity because it is a beautifully descriptive word meaning a bad tempered, difficult, cantankerous person. Gus is a quintessential curmudgeon, similar to Eastwood’s roles in Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby.
Gus’s daughter Mickey (Adams), gets involved in helping him in his work when the Braves start losing faith in his experience and his abilities. We see an old man dealing with his once estranged daughter, not accepting a woman’s ability to succeed in this male dominated sport, his distaste for computers and his general unhappiness about the changes in the world around him. It’s not fun getting old, and it doesn’t get any easier when Mickey falls for a player scouted by Gus who didn’t succeed in the big leagues (Timberlake). In Moneyball, technology won – you will have to come along to see if technology can pull it off again.