Skip to comments.SPOILER ALERT: EASTWOOD's 'Trouble With The Curve': Who Has Seen It?
Posted on 09/22/2012 10:04:20 PM PDT by This Just In
I hope your Saturday has been just as enjoyable (despite all of the turmoil going on in this world) as it has been for our family.
My better half and I just returned from viewing an early evening flick: Clint Eastwood's 'Trouble With The Curve'.
Despite the liberals predictions (or secret wishes) that Eastwood's appearance at the RNC may have a negative impact on his theater ticket sales, I believe Clint Eastwood has hit a home run with this latest film.
It is an endearing story between a father and his grown daughter. The chemistry between Eastwood and Amy Adams (The Fighter, Enchanted, Julie & Julia) is seamless and compelling. This film also stars John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.
I won't spoil this story by providing any more details. If you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favor and visit your local cinema. You won't regret it.
A word of caution:
This film is rated PG13. There is no nudity, but as one may expect from a film about baseball, the language is raw and offensive. It comes with the territory. I'm glad our children stayed home.
Haven’t seen it , and maybe will never get around to, but anything with Amy Adams AND Clint Eastwood is mighty tempting.
I rarely visit the theater. Most films are propaganda, or Hollywood glorifying and glamorizing debauchery.
Going out to see this film was in response to the Lefts caustic attacks on Clint Eastwood, and their typical negative reviews of this film based not on whether or not the film is worth seeing, but rather on their ideology:
Case and point from your run-of-the-mill liberal critics:
“’Trouble With the Curve’ review: softball
He doesn’t talk to any furniture, but he does kick a coffee table across the room. Read into that whatever statement about the current presidential administration you choose.
“Trouble” is second-rate Eastwood, existing in a parallel universe where the celebrity has been reduced to a Hallmark movie-of-the-week actor, not one of the most respected directors in Hollywood.”
This review is just one example of the Left’s inability to contain their water and wetting their diapers in trashing this film simply because Eastwood had the guts to think and speak “outside the box”.
Here’s to thumbing our noses at the MSM/Hollywood Choir.
Will see Trouble With The Curve tomorrow or Monday. Might I suggest you take in End of Watch, the new cop movie? Well acted, good story, excellent production. And I really enjoyed the sound track. Recommended.
Saw a short article that it is not meeting expected sales in its limited theater opening.
Checked the movie ticket sales for the Top 100 for Friday Night, but nothing was posted.
Either that means sales were quite poor, or the number of theaters is very small, or the data hasn’t come in yet.
Every Leftist in the MSM and Hollywood is hoping this movie fails.
Might take a while to find out.
I plan to see it. I liked the preview, and also The Onion’s AV Club site gave it a “B.” They’re a pretty lib site (didn’t even bother reviewing “2016”) but their critics are pretty exacting and for them, even a B- means it’s a film well worth seeing.
Haven’t heard of this film, but I will read about it. We do not have televised programming, so we don’t see any film trailers unless we’re traveling and staying in hotels, or we read reviews via the internet. Thank you.
We always note the film composer when viewing a movie. The soundtrack is just as important, if not more, than the film to our family.
Who composed the score?
It got a good review and I think 3.5 stars in our newspaper.
End of Watch...
Doing MUCH better than expected ticket sales.
Looks like a surprise hit.
I like both of them too. I really enjoyed the comedy "Leap Year" with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.
I don’t pay much attention to the info, which can be skewed. I recall when An American Carol was first released. Some theater managers were applying the ticket sales to liberal films being previewed at the same time in the same theater. And that’s just one example, esp. if the film isn’t a block buster such as ‘2016’.
” Might I suggest you take in End of Watch, the new cop movie?”
Gyllenhall is a lib imbecile who basically said that the American soldiers in Iraq were morons and all they did was jack off...as research for his role in Jarhead. F him and his idiot lib sister.
It’s in over 3,000 theaters, which is a wide release.
Based on Friday’s box office, it’s projected to earn 13 million for the weekend. Not stellar, but Clint Eastwood’s films rarely open huge; instead, they open modestly and play forever.
So you’re right that it will take some time to determine whether “Trouble with the Curve” is a hit or not.
The MSM might have the power to push polls, but with today’s electronic box office reporting, they can’t skew the numbers and make a hit seem like a failure or vice versa.
If the MSM had had their way, “2016” would have vanished without a trace. But just as they ignored the movie, moviegoers ignored them, and now “2016” is cleaning up at the box office.
Thanks for the correction.
I couldn’t find any weekend sales charts for “Curve” at Yahoo, BoxOfficeMoJo, or MSN.com.
I was looking for “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” too, which is Emma Watson’s first feature release since “Harry Potter.”
First week for that, too, and same result - zero chart info.
Do you remember the link you used for “Curve?”
Good movie, saw it last night. Will recommend it to others.
The trailer did look tempting...until Justin Timberlake appeared. Then it became a must-pass.
Deadline.com is the first stop for movie gross reports. Boxofficemojo.com is the last stop. No other stops necessary.
Timberlake is the weakest actor in the film, but the others more than make up for his performance. I wouldn’t say that Justin’s acting was awful. I’ve seen much worse, but I am grateful that Eastwood, Adams, Goodman and the rest of the cast carry the fill perfectly.
I saw it on Fri afternoon. It was a sweet movie abt an aging father reconnecting with his adult daughter through baseball scouting.
I read an interview with Clint and he thought that “Grand Torino” might be his last film. But this film is directed (or produced?) by a guy that has been on his crew for 18 years, and wanted to try directing. “He’s a good kid, so I thought maybe it would give his film a boost if I was in it.” (paraphrased).
The Eastwood films are crewed by a very close-knit bunch, practically “family”, and have been with each other for years and years.
Saw it this afternoon to a theater with about 10 empty seats left in it. Packed house. Was a great film...my friend liked it as well. People were actually clapping in the final 5 mins of it during the “meeting”...lol. A classic scene.
Saw it on Saturday. It was so good I didn’t want it to end. It’s a movie that I’ll buy in DVD and watch over and over.
And no, it does not contain poloitical proselytizing, but it does a great job of illustrating the rift between the elderly, highly competent generation and the younger, computer generation who think that sitting in front of a screen, analyzing statistics, can be as successful as actually observing the subject. At hand.
The movie is a great metaphor of life today, wrapped in a story line that kept me entertained the entire time. Every second was integral to the story, and it was extremely well done.
It is a great movie.
Thanks for your help.
Sa the movie opening night here in LaGrange,GA. Room about 80% full for the 7 pm showing, mainly an older crowd.
The story line is interesting, and you pretty much know the story before it starts. An aging baseball scout for Atlanta who has to rely on his hearing rather than his failing eye sight to scout players.
He shows up at games with an amplified hearing aid, and from the sound of the ball hitting the bat, he knows what pitch was thrown. FAr fetched? Yes, but no one questions it. We go along for the ride.
HIs daughter, whom he abandoned twice, as a child and again as a young woman, puts her law partnership opportunity on hold, to help him scout a number one draft pick in some NOrth Carolina town. She ends up being his eyes.
I noticed that Clint doesn't direct but is one of three producers. That should tell you right there where his energies are.
The movie over all is good Like a Doris Day movie, you leave the theater feeling good. Clint doesn't hit you with a morose ending. We all chuckled, (the guy behind me laughed hysterically thru out), at the vintage Clint zingers.
The script is cliched. Good guy, bad guy characters. A bit a friction here, a love story of sorts there etc. The plot right up to the end is predictable.
Foul language? Clint takes the Lord's name in vain several times, but I don't recall the f bomb or some of the other usual Hollywood filth.
The script is weak, making it, I'm sure difficult for the actors. I detected a couple times, where I'm sure Clint read his lines from a cue card. I don't recall any extended dialog from him, so I'm sure they put this movie together quickly with few takes.
Adams, on the other hand, makes the most of her part. She's quite good. Very sexy. She looks tall. Justin, too, is a likeable sort in this movie.
In summary, I give it a solid 2 1/2 stars, where you leave the theater feeling warm and fuzzy but the movie doesn't stick with you. In other words, you're not going to be thinking deeply about this film two weeks from now, as you typically do with a Clint Eastwood film, but I recommend seeing it, especially if your picnic or other outdoor event is rained out.
Absolutely Loved it
Been a long time Clint fan. After the empty chair bit, I’ll spend money to see anything he puts out, no matter if it’s my cup of tea or not, just to boost his ratings...
Agree. I’ll support this film for his having the courage to say what the rest of Hollywood ignores, that Obama is a dismal failure as a president and should be fired.
One thought...don't know if you've seen Money Ball..which I loved...( and the book is even better) but the Eastwood film is, in a way, an ANSWER film to Money Ball..it takes the tottally oposite viewpoint about the value of scouts and stats in baseball
Sorry, I did not get that. Momma wanted to go get some chow.
I have read reviews that panned the film, not because of Eastwood’s acting, but because of poor directing by a neophyte.
My wife and I saw it last night. It was a good movie. No Citizen Kane, but definitely worth the money.
Yes, I agree with you too. Moneyball was a great movie...4 stars and made you think about the movie afterwards. I don’t want to give anyone the ending to “Trouble”, but you kinda wanted the movie to keep going. at the end, to find out what happended, you know give a short three minutes when you’re watching the credits to see what happens say the next season. The movie moved very slow in some places, but it’s all vintage clint. He has a formula. YOU have some bad guys, and some good guys, and you have some tension, and you have some in your face dialogue. It’s right out of scrennwriting 101, but for me it works. It will be a sad day when he stops making movies.
The other thing about clint, compared to like John Wayne, is with clint what you see is what you get. He’s not wearing some half @ss toupee, with some alien looking face lift...tons of make up... noooooo in fact it’s almost the opposite where he wants us to see his turkey neck...and wrinkles...
He’s an American icon. Has he won the president’s award...you know where they give it out at the LIncoln’s center? Surely he has.
You can get the earliest and most reliable box office returns at Deadline: Hollywood. They start posting early Friday afternoon PST as soon as the first matinee and evening ticket sales are reported.
Whoops, sorry, didn’t realize JediJones had already answered you.
Boxofficemojo is good, too — but they don’t have the same access Deadline: Hollywood does. Sometimes they won’t be able to get ahold of the film’s budget, or they accept the studio’s official number, which is always lowballed — and unless you know the real budget, of course, it’s impossible to gauge whether it’s making money or not.
Somehow Deadline: Hollywood is able to consistently scare someone at the studios into coughing up the kittens re true budget numbers. They’ve got sources everywhere.
Justin Timberlake is on record as saying that he really likes Eastwood and had a great time making this movie with him.
For what it’s worth.....
my wife and I saw it and enjoyed it in southeastern PA.
This is a classless post. I understand your take, and taste. To each his own, but the offhand digs (”older crowds, Doris Day, etc.) comments, as well as the details provided was a cheap-a$$ swipe.
In the future, exercise some consideration and provide a *SPOILER ALERT*. Perhaps you wanted to dissuade potential viewers by providing more than enough details concerning the film. What ever the case, let Freepers know you’re going to reveal some information about the movie which they may not wish to know.
Weekend estimates from BoxOfficeMojo:
End Of Watch: $13 mil
House at the end of The Street: $13 mil
Trouble with the Curve: $12.72 mil
Other than more theaters for Clint, pretty much equal.
I see from the list that after 6 weeks both ParaNorman and the Disney Timothy Green movies have bombed. Dredd 3D is a bomb in even one week.
Biggest profits this year so far are Ted (334% of budget), Avengers (183% of budget), and Dark Knight Rises (77% of budget).
BTW, both the top two this week at very low budgets. $7 and $10 million for the two.
Amazing. Let’s see if it holds up.
I think people are, frankly, getting tired of big “blockbusters” and all the advertising and then realize the movie sucks.
But then it is the end of summer.
Thanks for the info., Fledermaus.
TWTC’s numbers are respectable considering the limited showing, and lack of press-push.
Frankly ppl are tired of blockbusters/liberal propaganda flicks.
Woah...Yogi Berra breath. A spoiler alert comes when you give the ending. Others provided a lot more than I did, regarding the generational gap, etc. I gave a few salient facts about the movie and the crowd, which BTW I was one of. I think if you care to re-read my post the comments from others about it, you’ll see that it’s pretty accurate, and it entices people to see this movie, a fine movie I might add. Now have a delicious day and don’t forget your Prozac.
Hold your water, gramps, and change the Depends. Put the dentures back in while you’re at it. You’re drooling.
A “few salient facts”? “Others provided a lot more than I did...” Sure, if you’re counting the “Secret Decoder Ring” comments which aren’t visible to the naked eye.
I did not imply that your comments were “inaccurate” to some degree. I was referring to some of the observations and descriptions you chose to highlight. It reflected your personal opinion, and that’s fair enough, but those are your opinions.
I don’t believe your particular comments would entice anyone. After all, it was you who stated, “I give it a solid 2 1/2 stars”, and, “but the movie doesn’t stick with you”. 2 1/2 stars and “...doesn’t stick with you” never entices any moviegoer.
You left potential viewers with this comment:
“I recommend seeing it, especially if your picnic or other outdoor event is rained out.”
In other words, if you have nothing better to do, check out this film. Entice indeed. /s
Spoiler Alert would have been a considerate detail to include because you provided Freepers with information which would have been better experienced in allowing the story to unfold. You’ve taken a lot of the tension and mystery out of the characters and plot.
Get a life, Sweet Pea....