Written September 23, 2012
Contrary to several reviews, I did NOT find the movie slow, but rather appreciated it's willingness to develop a few characters. I read several negative references to Money Ball similarities, but wasn't that the point? Every plot/subplot could be boiled down to "it's not about the stats." In fact, the only negative note I had was that Mickey (Amy Adams) uses the phrase "it's not something you can put down on paper" on 2 different occasions when pushed by her "on paper" perfect boyfriend to be exclusive. It's like twice using a fancy adjective you looked up in a thesaurus and pretending you didn't notice. Justin Timberlake was irresistible (is there anyone who didn't love this character and his performance?). Eastwood's ability to subtly snarl and exhale at the same time was magnificent, even for Eastwood -- it may be Eastwood's new stereotype but who better to play the part? Loved the soundtrack. I'll never be able to hear You Are My Sunshine again without crying.
Written October 03, 2012
Three couples went last night in spite of the low rating by the critics. I had heard that Eastwood's character was similar to the one he played in GRAN TORINO. That IS always the character he plays...crusty but a softie on the inside. All of us truly enjoyed the movie. Our ages ranged from 55-72. Amy Adams was good, but Timberlake even more enjoyable.
Written September 30, 2016
I am surprised by the number of negative ratings for this movie. I found the acting to be very good. The female lead is a natural and there is nothing forced in her line delivery or affect. I didn't know anything about Justin Timberlake except that I was not a fan of his music until I saw him on SNL and thought he was good at delivering comedy and not a bad actor. He did a nice job in this film.
Clint Eastwood has become a bit stiff in his old age, but he IS Clint Eastwood and I like him.
Baseball fans will enjoy the plot and those looking for a love story and family dynamics story will like it. It is a good film without being too corny. It is appropriate for most age groups (perhaps over the age of 13 or so). There is no sex, but some bad language.
Go see it.
Written October 27, 2016
I went into this movie thinking it would be an at best a D+ dud as Clint Eastwood is aging rapidly! ( although I still LOVE him!) I was pleasantly surprised with how good the movie was AND made me feel upon leaving! Clint Eastwood STILL HAS IT even at his tender older age!! Even though his gruff character was a little depressive and grim alot of the time (but comical at the same time), he pulled it off making it a 'feel good' movie! I was glad I made the choice to go see it and I recommend it to all!
Written September 30, 2012
This was a wonderful entertaining very well acted movie.It made me feel so good at the end.I highly recommend it.Clint Eastwood sure is an incredible talent