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Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 American sports drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. The film revolves around an aging baseball scout whose daughter joins him on a scouting trip. Filming began in March 2012, and the film was released on September 21, 2012.
This was Eastwood s first acting project since 2008 s Gran Torino and his first acting role in a film he did not direct since his cameo in 1995 s Casper. A year after its release the film became the subject of a plagiarism lawsuit by a producer alleging that his former partner had taken an unfinished script after a dispute and conspired with his agent and Warner Bros. to present it as the work of a relative unknown.
Aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout Gus Lobel s last assignment is to scout, proving his value to the organization. He s viewed as unadaptable to changes within the game, especially advanced statistical analysis. His boss and friend Pete does not want to let him go, but is contending with ambitious junior executive Phillip Sanderson, vying for the general manager post who feels Gus is an obstacle.
Pete suspects Gus is hiding health problems so, behind his back, Pete contacts Gus s daughter Mickey, a workaholic lawyer pursuing partnership in her firm, to join her father on a scouting trip to North Carolina. Gus is to review top prospect Bo Gentry, whose gaudy statistics make him a likely top draft pick.
Mickey realizes Gus s sight is failing, so she actively helps to make up for his shortcoming. Along the way, he reconnects with a former player he once scouted, Johnny The Flame Flanagan, now a scout for the Boston Red Sox, who is interested in Mickey. The Red Sox have the top pick in the draft, just ahead of the Braves, and Johnny is also scouting Bo Gentry.
Mickey asks Gus why he left her with an uncle she barely knew as a child after her mother died. He explains that, on a scouting trip, a child molester approached her. Gus prevented anything from happening, nearly beating the man to death. Afterwards, he felt that always being on the road as a scout meant he couldn t protect Mickey properly. She tells him keeping her away was worse, blaming him for her long chain of poor relationships with potential suitors. She then walks away, leaving Gus frustrated.
As Gus and Mickey watch Bo play with other scouts present, they use Gus s hearing and Mickey s sight to review him. Spotting a problem with his ability to hit a curveball, Gus advises Johnny to pass on Bo in the draft not explaining why, and Johnny takes his advice. However, when he gives Pete and the Braves management the same advice, Phillip disagrees, showing his statistical analysis as proof that Bo should be drafted. He doubles down by staking his career on the decision to sign Bo, leading Braves general manager Vince to draft him. When Johnny learns of the move, he incorrectly believes that Gus and Mickey double-crossed him to allow the Braves to draft Bo and leaves angrily.
After yet another argument Gus abandons Mickey at the hotel. While waiting on a ride back to her life she hears a pitcher throwing outside her room and realizes he is talented just from the sound. She approaches the young man, Rigoberto, and volunteers to catch for him. After seeing him throw a few curveballs, she realizes he is a baseball prospect so she calls Pete, who reluctantly agrees to have him attend a tryout in Atlanta.
Returning to the Braves office, Vince and Phillip criticize Gus for his evaluation of Bo. Pete interrupts to let them know Mickey has brought Rigo to the field. As Bo practices batting, Phillip mocks Gus and Mickey for bringing in Rigo, an unknown. Bo remembers Rigo selling peanuts at a high school game, and also mocks him. Regardless, Mickey insists they allow Rigo to pitch. He throws several fastballs, which Bo repeatedly misses, then Mickey asks him to throw his curve, and again Bo cannot connect with the ball on three straight attempts. Gus triumphantly proclaims he has a problem with curveballs, why he was against signing him. Everyone realizes they were wrong about both Bo and Gus.
Management resumes their meeting, intent on signing Rigo. When Pete asks who can represent Rigo, Gus immediately suggests Mickey could be Rigo s sports agent, due to her legal background and knowledge of the game. When Phillip makes another snide remark to Gus, Vince fires him and offers Gus a contract extension. Mickey then gets a partnership offer from her firm, but declines it by throwing her phone away. Outside the stadium, Mickey and Gus find Johnny waiting. Mickey approaches him and they kiss while Gus lights a cigar and walks away.
- Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel
- Amy Adams as Mickey Lobel
- Justin Timberlake as Johnny “The Flame” Flanagan
- Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson
- Jack Gilpin as Schwartz
- John Goodman as Pete Klein
- Robert Patrick as Vince
- Scott Eastwood as Billy Clark
- Ed Lauter as Max
- Chelcie Ross as Smitty
- Raymond Anthony Thomas as Lucious
- Matt Bush as Danny
- George Wyner as Rosenbloom
- Bob Gunton as Watson
- Tom Dreesen as Rock
- James Patrick Freetly as Todd
- Joe Massingill as Bo Gentry
- Jay Galloway as Rigoberto (Rigo) Sanchez
- Sammy Blue as the blues guitar musician
Filming began in Georgia in March 2012.
- Georgia Tech
- Atlanta: Virginia-Highland neighborhood including George s restaurant.
- Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.
- Macon, Georgia, Luther Williams Field, former home of the Macon Braves
- Dawsonville: Amicalola Lodge
- Young Harris: Young Harris College baseball fields
- Athens: College Ave & Clayton streets
- Dunwoody High School: Baseball Fields
- Jasper, Georgia
- Swannanoa, North Carolina
- Marion, North Carolina
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 204 reviews, with a rating average of 5.60/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood s grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 58 out of 100 based on reviews from 40 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.
In its opening weekend, Trouble with the Curve ranked third in the box office, grossing $12.2 million. In its first week in theaters, it ranked second with $16,195,962. It remained in the top ten over the next two weeks with $31,218,109. However, the results at the box office were subsequently low. In twelve weeks, Trouble with the Curve grossed $35,763,137 in the United States, where it was distributed to 3,212 theaters. At the worldwide box office, the film grossed $48,963,137 which is the second lowest take for a film featuring Clint Eastwood as an actor, just ahead of Blood Work ($31,794,718 in worldwide box office). In January 2013, the film was nominated for Best Intergenerational Story at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, but lost to Silver Linings Playbook.
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A year after the film s release, another producer, Ryan Brooks, filed a lawsuit in federal district court against Warner, the producers, two talent agencies, screenwriter Brown and Don Handfield, an actor and former partner of Brooks. He alleged copyright infringement and conspiracy, claiming the produced screenplay of the film bore striking similarities to Omaha, an unproduced screenplay he had commissioned from Handfield that had as its main character an older college baseball coach working through a difficult relationship with his grown daughter, as well as other plot elements.
Brooks, a former minor league baseball player himself, claimed that Handfield took the unfinished Omaha script with him after the two had a falling out over a rewrite. Handfield then, Brooks claims, conspired with Charles Ferraro, his agent at United Talent, to present it—with minor alterations such as changing the setting from college baseball to the major leagues—as the work of Brown, a fellow client of Ferraro with only two minor credits to his name who had primarily worked as a musician. Brooks suit claimed that Brown s interviews to promote the film seemed rehearsed and frustrating to interviewers trying to understand how he created the film, and questioned how an unknown writer in his fifties managed to land the well-connected Ferraro as an agent.
All the named defendants who spoke to the media about the claims, including Brown, denied and derided them. Warner responded with a letter to Brooks lawyer threatening serious legal actions in response if he did not withdraw the reckless and false complaint within a week. Attached to it was a draft of the Trouble with the Curve script, credited to Brown, that had purportedly been optioned by another production company in 1998. Brooks lawyer questioned its authenticity to The New York Times suggesting that it bore signs of fabrication, such as the anachronistic use of wireless laptops, and that there was no record of it having been registered with the Writers Guild of America, a common practice for screenwriters establishing authorship of their work before getting a production company interested.
Lawyers for the studio responded with a motion for summary judgement in their favor and presented evidence that they claimed proved Brown had written the first drafts of the script as early as 1996, including an affidavit from a computer forensics expert authenticating the timestamps on a floppy disk containing those early drafts. Brooks lawyers called all of the evidence of earlier creation forged or tampered with, in addition to calling attention to anachronistic passages in those purported earlier drafts. In February 2014 Dale S. Fischer, the judge hearing the case, granted the motion, saying that Brooks had overstated the similarities between the two scripts and that, even if he hadn t, the idea of a father-daughter baseball story is not protectable as a matter of copyright law.
Two months later Fischer dismissed the remaining claims under federal law, but said claims under state law could still be filed in state court. Brooks appealed his decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in October refiled the case in Los Angeles County Superior Court. This time he alleged only breach of contract and did not name either Warner or Eastwood as defendants, as he had in the original claim. He demanded $5 million in damages.
Trouble with the Curve was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 18, 2012.
|Plot||A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout, by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.|
|Awards||Awards, 2 wins & 1 nomination|
|Stars||Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman|
|Produced by||Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Tim Moore, Michele Weisler|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Cinematography by||Tom Stern|
|Film Editing by||Joel Cox, Gary Roach|
|Casting By||Geoffrey Miclat|
|Production Design by||James J. Murakami|
|Art Direction by||Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.|
|Set Decoration by||Gary Fettis|
|Costume Design by||Deborah Hopper|
|Makeup Department||Luisa Abel, Patricia Dehaney, Carol A. O Connell, Susan Ransom, Dawn Turner, Michelle Vittone, Jay Wejebe, Tracy Ewell, Tracey L. Miller-Smith|
|Production Management||Ravi D. Mehta, Tim Moore|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||David M. Bernstein, Paula Case, Simeon Jones, Cody Williams|
|Art Department||Taylor Bennett, Danny Brown, Matthew Butler, Anthony Carlino, Deborah Croswell, Harris Forman, Daniel B. Foster, Seth Gardner, Lucas Godfrey, Jason L. Hagood, Nelson Hagood, Rob Hamby, Margaret Hungerford, Cindy M. Ichikawa, Patrick S. Johnson, Alphonse A. Lambert Jr., Amy Lehman, Eliot Levin, Konrad Lewis, Chuck McCourt, John Micheletos, Ruth Mitchell, Michael Muscarella, Rudy Oblak, Neil Palmer, Brandon Pope, Robbie Sammons, Kenny Sanford, Kenneth R. Saunchegraw, Kevin Shaw, Joey Sisson, Shea Soutar, Steven Tolbert, Adrian Valdes, James Bryant Wactor, Lisa Yeiser|
|Sound Department||James Ashwill, Bub Asman, Michael Babcock, Gail Carroll-Coe, Curt Cash, William Cawley, Blake Collins, Greg Crawford, John T. Cucci, Michael Dressel, Susan Dudeck, Christopher Flick, Jonathan Fuh, Jonathan Jory, Jason King, Walt Martin, F. Hudson Miller, Ryan Murphy, Alan Robert Murray, Kevin R.W. Murray, Dan O Connell, Eric Potter, John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, James Simcik, Karen Spangenberg, Katy Wood, Ryan Young|
|Special Effects by||Ryan A. Riley, Steve Riley, Dominic V. Ruiz, Richard Terry Tjelmeland|
|Visual Effects by||Phillip Feiner, Samuel P. Larson, Darin McCormick-Millett, Michael Owens, Liz Radley, Brad Sutton, Wilson Tang|
|Stunts||Robert Brubaker, Alex Duke, Kevin Harrison, Cal Johnson, Anderson Martin, Lonnie R. Smith Jr., Alex Duke, Anderson Martin|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Brian Adams, Matthew Berning, Keith Bernstein, Hugh Braselton, Greg Brooks, Buzzy Burwell, Stephen S. Campanelli, Trevor Carroll-Coe, Cristen Clark, Catherine Cravens, Stephen Crowley, Dhamarata Dhiensuwana, Ross Dunkerley, Danny Eckler, Sean Engel, Terry Fitzpatrick, Mike Gentry, Ben D. Griffith Jr., John Grubb, Francis Harlan, Michael D. Kennedy, Patrick King, John Lacy, Mike Laird, Chile Manuel, Bobby McMahan, Guy Micheletti, Brian Minzlaff, Conrad Mizzell, Greg Morse, Christopher E. Pettus, Allen Robinson, Kevin M. Rowe, Tim Ryan, Michael Sannuti, Michael E. Satrazemis, Thom Shepard, Nathan Stern, Alan B. Wright, Nick Zeigler|
|Casting Department||Janella Bersabal, Barbara Harris, John McAlary, D.A. Sims, Eve Streger, Caroline Pommert-Allegrante|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Cha Blevins, Maria Bradley, Corey Bronson, April J. Brown-Traquina, Chris Burns, Bren Cook, Brittany Dier, Mitzi Haralson, Mitchell Ray Kenney, Erinn Knight, Branden Marks, Kendra L. Patterson, Sherrie Provence, Margaret Robbs, Heather Sease, Jack Taggart, Myra N. Foy|
|Editorial Department||Jill Bogdanowicz, Jesús Borrego, David S. Cox, Blu Murray, Bob Peishel, Mark Sahagun, Lee Wimer, Denise Woodgerd, Darin Wooldridge, Dan Dolan, JoAnne Ji Kim|
|Location Management||Norman Bielowicz, Kalena Boller, Stephen Dirkes, Corey Gilbert, Andrew C. Kirk, Patrick Mignano, Thomas Wohlford|
|Music Department||Pete Anthony, Tom Brown, Monica Ciafardini, Wade Culbreath, George Doering, Robert Fernandez, Rossano Galante, M.B. Gordy, Tom Hardisty, Jim Hoffman, Jim Honeyman, Daniel J. Johnson, Tyson Lozensky, Chris McGeary, Victor Pesavento, Ryan Robinson, Peter Rotter, Buck Sanders, Naomi Sato, Dennis Smith, Andrew Synowiec, Philip Vaiman, Vincent Cirilli|
|Transportation Department||Tony Barattini, Tim Barker, Robert Brubaker, Arthur C. Chesser, Ronald Hurd, Linda Lil Johnston, Cody Lies, Alana McGaughy, Anthony J. Mignano, Kirk Roberts, Vickie Raynor Robison, Randy Southerland, Larry Stelling, Timothy Stephens, Hank Van Apeldoorn, Susan Van Apeldoorn|
|Additional Crew||Ryan Babbs, Cheryl Baird, Jon A. Boyd, Corey Brinn, Eric Burrows, Miller Carbon, Candace B. Cothern, Shelby Davis, Tony X. Deale, Jessica Drake, Silas Dukes, Christopher Flippo, Paradise Franklin, Juls Gabsa, Allen Gerbino, Larry Gilbert, Drew Giles, Kristin Gomez, Jason Gondek, Holly Hagy, Stella L. Holmes, Jennifer Hunt, Michelle Johnson, Alan Kindree, Kristin Kulyniak Deale, Madison Lacerte, Austin Lapierre, April Mackin, John Malakoff, Aimee McDaniel, Jessica Meier, Jeffrey Miller, Les Morgan, Taryn Nagle, Steve Olivera, Vincent Parker, Andrew Paulson, Morgan Riley, Kristina Rivera, Braheeim Roberts, Robert Severance, James Siler Jr., Michael C. Smith, John Alexander Stern, Stan Swofford, Michael A. Templeton, Landon Trawny, Jon Privett, Greg Silverman|
|Companies||Warner Bros., Malpaso Productions|
|Keywords||baseball game,kiss on the lips,romantic kiss,jumping into water,motel room|