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    The wife and I ordered “Trouble with the Curve” last night. I couldn’t figure out why my son, who had seen it in the theater, didn’t like it, until I watched it. At least one of the things in it showed why so many people believe scouts are omnipotent, that being how the old scout who was almost blind and couldn’t see very well at all, said he could hear a hitch in a player’s swing.

    There were also the standard flaws found in almost all baseball movies. Things like the batters boxes and base lines looking like they were just drawn, but the game being in the later innings. Heck, I seldom see a batter’s box last more than a half inning without being pretty well obliterated.

    The consultant on that movie was definitely not a high school baseball guy. Unless in North Carolina or wherever the movie was supposed to take place they pay 9 innings in HS, someone didn’t do their homework very well.

    All in all, it certainly wasn’t Clint’s best effort, nor was it even one of his better efforts. And for sure it won’t go down in history as even a decent baseball flick. Kind of a shame really. Instead of putting a nice nightcap on a great Christmas, it was more of flop that left no doubt in my mind as to why my boy was mad about spending $50 on gas, tickets, candy popcorn, and drinks to take his girl to see it at the theater. I was mad that I spent $6 ordering it from DirecTV!
    The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.

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    Meh, it's a movie. I thought it was enjoyable. I notice flaws in almost every movie, you just can't equate it to "reality". One of my biggest pet peeves is dubbed in motorcycle exhaust notes. Motorcycle racing was my life for a long time, so when they have a Ducati on screen (v-twin, dry clutch, very distinct sound) and they dub in a Japanese inline 4... it drives me nuts. My wife just rolls her eyes, smacks me and tells me to watch the movie.

    At this point, I'm tellin' ya to just watch the movie. LOL (I rolled my eyes at his swing, rolled my eyes at the computer generated fast ball, but I kept my mouth shut and enjoyed the movie.)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scorekeeper View Post
      The wife and I ordered “Trouble with the Curve” last night. I couldn’t figure out why my son, who had seen it in the theater, didn’t like it, until I watched it. At least one of the things in it showed why so many people believe scouts are omnipotent, that being how the old scout who was almost blind and couldn’t see very well at all, said he could hear a hitch in a player’s swing.

      There were also the standard flaws found in almost all baseball movies. Things like the batters boxes and base lines looking like they were just drawn, but the game being in the later innings. Heck, I seldom see a batter’s box last more than a half inning without being pretty well obliterated.

      The consultant on that movie was definitely not a high school baseball guy. Unless in North Carolina or wherever the movie was supposed to take place they pay 9 innings in HS, someone didn’t do their homework very well.

      All in all, it certainly wasn’t Clint’s best effort, nor was it even one of his better efforts. And for sure it won’t go down in history as even a decent baseball flick. Kind of a shame really. Instead of putting a nice nightcap on a great Christmas, it was more of flop that left no doubt in my mind as to why my boy was mad about spending $50 on gas, tickets, candy popcorn, and drinks to take his girl to see it at the theater. I was mad that I spent $6 ordering it from DirecTV!
      Yup, when watching a movie about anything, you just have to turn off the brain and let your self get engrossed in the moment.
      This was the last movie I rented and it was pretty good.

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      Last edited by trademark; 12-27-2012, 08:21 AM.
      Just a baseball layman trying to make sense of it all...

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      • #4
        Too much soap opera, not enough baseball for my taste.
        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by clayadams View Post
          (I rolled my eyes at his swing, rolled my eyes at the computer generated fast ball, but I kept my mouth shut and enjoyed the movie.)
          The older I get, the more eye-rolling I have to do. By the time the movie's over, I'm dizzy.
          efastball.com - hitting and pitching fact checker

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          • #6
            I haven't seen the movie. But my understanding is its not a baseball movie. It's a movie about relationships with baseball as the backdrop. I wouldn't expect the focus to be on baseball.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
              Too much soap opera, not enough baseball for my taste.
              That pretty well describes my sentiments as well. It seemed like more of a “chick flick” than a baseball movie. My wife and daughter thought it was pretty decent, while my son and I were left wanting a bit more.
              The pitcher who’s afraid to throw strikes, will soon be standing in the shower with the hitter who's afraid to swing.

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              • #8
                I think you nailed it, it was a movie made for adults in general with baseball as part of the theme, not the plot. If you want a real baseball movie, I'm hoping "42" will deliver.

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                • #9
                  Rental movie I thought. But what did he mean by "his hands drift"? or was that fiction as well?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by va4man View Post
                    Rental movie I thought. But what did he mean by "his hands drift"? or was that fiction as well?
                    That is a term I've always thought of as "casting," but I'm not sure it had any correlation to the effects he was attributing to the problem in the movie.

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