Trouble With the Curve is one those movies that you know exactly what you are going to get when you watch it. There are no surprises or big twists that you don’t know are coming. Yet I found every moment of the enjoyable. I attribute this to the cast making me care about these characters. Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake are in top form. Each one of them has the magnetism to pull you in and carry you through the film.
What I loved most about the film though was the message. The heart of this film is relationships; broken relationships. Each of these people has tried to ignore their hurt and pain and medicate themselves with work or holding everyone in their life at arm’s length. But life isn’t meant to be lived at a safe distance from everyone, especially when we are struggling with the curves it throws. Life is messy and more often than not crazy, but in the end it is about relationships. It’s not about how much money or power we have, since none of those things satisfy in the end; it is about being know and loved by others. It is about knowing and loving others. Keeping to ourselves hurts not just us, but also those who would benefit from what we have to offer. Gus (Eastwood’s character) learns that it is never too late to live for others and to share ourselves with others. He finds that we are made for community and movies like this one leave me feeling good since what I see is people learning that it is deep, abiding fellowship that makes us stronger. And that is a message that cannot be shared enough.
Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you. – Mr. Beaver