The movie centers on aging baseball scout Gus Lobel, played convincingly by Clint Eastwood, whose senility and failing eyesight proves to be slowly taking a toll on his job. His stubborn personality proves to his superiors that he is not going to retire anytime soon, much to the chagrin of new age, flashy executive Tom Silver. The snarky high tech scout, played by Matthew Lillard, sets out to destroy the old man's career and disprove his judgment when it comes to picking new players for their team. This storyline, however, takes a back seat when faced by the overwhelming slew of conflicts.
During these series of games, we are introduced into more conflicts. The growing animosity between Gus and Mickey, the strain of Mickey's mother's death on Gus's ability to be a father, Mickey's budding romance with washed up baseball star Jimmy Flanagan (Justin Timberlake), Mickey's firm's growing impatience with her vacation, trouble with the executives at the baseball agency.
Despite its flaws, the overall picture of "Trouble with the Curve" is beautiful. Its storyline is real and relatable (how many stubborn old men do you know?), and the emotions and hardships experienced by the characters allow you to grow very close to them and share their experiences. The performances by the cast were perfect and suitable to their characters.
Although you may seem overwhelmed trying to keep track of all the issues in these people's lives, sit back. Relax. Enjoy the movie. It's not that hard to get sucked in when a picture's as good as this.