I pretty much knew exactly what this movie would be like before I even took a seat in the theater: Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood (who play father and daughter) would start out shaky, but bond in the end. Amy would fall in love with Justin Timberlake (but would be reluctant at first). Clint would impart wise old man life lessons on Justin. There would be at least one corny sports moment that would give you chills (even though you could see it coming). And I was exactly right.
It’s fall now, and so I’m going to use this analogy: this movie is like cold-weather comfort food. Like a hearty chicken noodle soup, if you will. There’s something comforting in its familiarity. You know exactly what to expect, but it still warms your heart.
I don’t think The Trouble with the Curve was a good movie, per se, but it was definitely solid. Amy Adams is reliably wonderful (though I do wish a movie would, for once, portray a working woman who didn’t hate her high-powered job). Justin Timberlake gives a sweet performance, leading me to continue to ponder when exactly he became a legitimate actor. And Clint Eastwood plays Clint Eastwood. Seriously, is he even acting anymore? I’m pretty sure this is just who he is, a gruff old dude. But, an entertaining gruff old dude nonetheless.
So between Adams, Timberlake, and Eastwood, the movie definitely keeps you entertained, but my biggest problem with the film was its ending. It all ties up just a little too neatly. The climactic moment in the ballpark is wonderful, but at the same time – come on! That would never happen. And, of course Amy Adams decides she doesn’t want to be a lawyer. And of course Matthew Lillard’s smarmy character gets his comeuppance. And of course Clint Eastwood gets to keep his job. I am not saying I wanted them all to be miserable at the end (because I tend to be bummed out by movies that go that route), but a little more realism would have been nice.
My Grade: B-
(Image via MTV)
(image via GQ)
This week’s most awesome finds:
- Odds Are, You Probably Don’t Exist. A fascinating idea to consider.
- I’ve pretty much given up on Glee; I quit watching after the first episode of this season because it’s gotten downright awful at times. However, I saw this clip floating around the internet and I have to say it’s an amazing mash-up. You can’t go wrong with Adele.
- Those Who Stay Will Redeem Themselves – probably my favorite article about last weekend’s victory over Ohio State.
- Okay, these vintage ads are decidedly not awesome, but they did make me laugh at how ridiculous they are. They are all offensive, but my personal vote for the worst would be: Most men ask, “is she pretty?,” not, “is she clever?”
- I love this so much – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are two of GQ’s Men of the Year, and their interview and pictures together make me so happy. Adorable.
- This video, where Diane von Furstenberg talks about her travel philosophy, is great. First, I love DvF (one of the all-time most stylish women). Second, the illustrations are so charming.
- This sounds like the best trip ever. Aziz Ansari AND David Chang in Tokyo, drinking Zima? Hilarity ensues.
- Nostalgia Fact-Check: a series of blog posts on New York Magazine’s website, re-examining old movies/TV shows/music. This is such a fun idea (and perhaps one I might steal for my own blog?). I especially love the posts on Dawson’s Creek and Ace of Base – two things that, I’ll admit, I loved way back in the day, but that don’t hold up quite so well now.
- I found this compilation of analogies, and some of them are hilarious (some hilariously good, others hilariously bad). I have no idea why, but I think I liked this one the best: “The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.”
- I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. Damn right, that’s hurting my scar. I’ll never be able to hear “Milkshake” the same way again.
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