"Trouble with the Curve," the baseball film starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, is the next featured film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened Saturday at 8 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
In "Trouble with the Curve" Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades; but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner.
Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game. Against her better judgment, and over Gus' objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries, revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.
The film also stars Justin Timberlake as Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer's booth and has eyes for Mickey. John Goodman stars as Gus' old friend and boss, Pete Klein; and newcomer Joe Massingill is young batting phenom Bo Gentry, who's emerged as the Major League's hottest young prospect.
Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, calls the film "an amiable, old-fashioned film (that) underlines why it is always a pleasure to see (Eastwood) on the screen."
Richard Roeper calls it "a solid double down the line."
Colin Covert, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, calls it "an absolute home run, the total package of charming romantic comedy, poignant family drama and superb acting."
Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking, "Trouble with the Curve" runs 111 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door, at the Box Office or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Cinema Series continues with the Josh Radnor comedy "Liberal Arts" on Nov. 17 & 20; and the true story, CIA thriller "Argo" on Dec. 1 & 4.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.