‘Trouble with the Curve’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Is (Not) Broken-Down

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

Clint Eastwood has aged gracefully onscreen over the years, even while playing the most curmudgeonly of old man characters imaginable – and this fall’s Trouble with the Curve is no exception. It marks the octogenarian/Hollywood legend’s first onscreen appearance since Gran Torino in 2008, as well as the feature debut of Robert Lorenz (Eastwood’s trusted producer and assistant director for the past 17 years).

Trouble with the Curve features Eastwood as Gus, a famous Atlanta Braves scout facing imminent retirement due to his failing eyesight and old-fashioned methods. Gus heads out on a road trip to check out a hot prospect (Joe Massingill) with his longtime estranged adult daughter (Amy Adams) begrudgingly coming along out of a “dysfunctional sense of responsibility” (as she puts it in the trailer).

The Trouble with the Curve trailer pitch (pun intended) is more a tale about a father and daughter attempting to mend broken bonds, as opposed to a road trip dramedy about two people attempting to overcome the generation gap. There’s still a healthy amount of Eastwood cracking old man jokes with his iconic gravelly tone, such as threatening to have a heart attack (while confronting a bar hooligan). It’s during moments like that that Trouble with the Curve comes off as Moneyball by way of Space Cowboys, more than anything else.

A good chunk of the theatrical preview also focuses on Adams’s character and her budding relationship with a younger scout (Justin Timberlake) who admires Gus. That suggests Trouble with the Curve is as much her story as it is Eastwood’s. There have been a couple of recent sports dramas that also juggled dual character-driven narrative threads with satisfying results (The Fighter, Warrior), so that’s encouraging.

trouble with curve trailer Trouble with the Curve Trailer: Clint Eastwood Is (Not) Broken Down

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in 'Trouble with the Curve'

Lorenz appears to be as interested in quality storytelling as his mentor; the same goes for Trouble with the Curve screenwriter Randy Brown (a newcomer). The film certainly seems much more lively and upbeat than Eastwood’s recent directing efforts, which have remained dour and melancholic over the past decade (Mystic River, Hereafter, J. Edgar). That’s not, per se, a bad thing; maybe a little extra sunshine would do the old man good – even if he does grumble the whole time.

Adams is poised to end 2012 on a strong note, thanks to her roles in Trouble with the Curve and P.T. Anderson’s The Master (which is already generating Oscar buzz for the actress). It’ll be interesting to see if Eastwood gets recognized by the Academy for his work here – though, it might feel a bit like a consolation prize after years of rich performances from the man.

Trouble with the Curve opens in U.S. theaters on September 21st, 2012.

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  1. I love it!!! :)

  2. If it was any other actor doing a this role it would be “great a grumpy old man who has moxie who lost his wife and is mean movie” but it is Sir Lord Majesty Clint Eastwood he could read Cat in the Hat and I would pay to go see it.

    • Haha…well said! I completely agree. Any chance to see “Sir Lord Majesty Clint Eastwood” in a movie, I’ll take it! One of the last true legends.

    • LMAO!!!

  3. I hate indie themed trailers…

  4. Well, it’s Clint. A must see. There’s always something worth seeing with Eastwood.
    Just having him around seems to anchor the world of movies to greatness of the past.
    Clint is a time traveler from another era carrying the best we remember as part of today.

    • True That!

  5. Am I the only on that thinks Clint should play Bruce Wayne in a Batman Beyond movie!

    • I believe he would also be well cast as Stallone’s mentor in an Expendables movie. In his 80′s, and he still exudes toughness and grit! We could only hope for one more western out of him, although the final scene in Unforgiven is perhaps the way he should go out in that genre…

      • Unforgiven is one of the all-time great westerns.
        It was the perfect way to ride off into the sunset.
        Somehow it’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago.

  6. I will definitely be seeing this opening night. I believe we are witnessing the birth of a great career in directing for Lorenz, and this will most likely turn out to be Eastwood’s last performance as an actor.

    I was wondering when the trailer would be released, seeing as the film opens in a month – I think that’s the longest a film has gone without a trailer towards it’s release date.

    • Never say never when it comes to Eastwood.
      Unlike the others who try Clint does defy time.

      • Unlike so many other tough guys…and Clint was the toughest of the tough…he has adapted extremely well by playing his age. It shows true humility on his part, and I believe it has endeared him to the audience even more. It will be a sad day when we lose him, as he is an icon, a legend, a true star.

  7. This looks like a s***** ass movie haha :P

  8. Definitely seeing this move—and not just because C. Eastwood is in it, but also the “dysfunctional sense of responsibility” is identifiable. Still, no one can lose with Eastwood.

  9. Looks pretty good.