This movie is a story between a stubborn father and his equally stubborn daughter. Not so much a baseball flick, just enough to keep sport fans interested. It’s more a father/daughter dysfunctional relationship, that goes to the heart, and their reconciliation.
Gus (Clint Eastwood) has been a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves for 30 yrs. He didn’t mind being lonely, traveling from city to city, living in cheap hotels. Gus has now become a testy old curmudgeon, who is slowly losing his vision. He has the ability to tell a good player the minute the bat hits the ball, he relies on what he hears, and scorns computers.
Gus’ contract is due for renewal in 3 months, however the top brass are considering retiring him. His friend and boss Pete (John Goodman) does not want Gus to retire. He knows Gus to be the best scout in the entire league. Pete sends Gus to N.C. to focus on a promising “hot shot” Bo Gentry (Joe Messingill) who can hit home runs, he’s a pudgy, very cocky, not a nice fellow. A large gathering of scouts are also looking at Gentry as their first draft pick.
Trouble starts when a smart alack,
back stabbing corporate executive convinces the owner to sign Gentry, whom Gus believes is not capable of hitting the curve. Since computers can now spot a promising ball player rather than an aging old scout, corporate decides it might be the way to go.
Worried about Gus’s health, Pete recruits Mickey (Amy Adams) Gus’s estranged daughter, to keep an eye on her Dad. Mickey is a promising lawyer,
ready to be made partner, with a large Atlanta firm. Though estranged for most of her life from her father, Mickey goes to N.C. She finds her Dad sitting in the bleaches observing Gentry hit the ball. All she ever loved was baseball and to be with her Dad.
Traveling along the way, their paths cross with Johnny (Justin Timberlake) a pitcher Gus once recruited, until he injured his arm. Johnny is now looking to become a baseball announcer. Encouraged by Gus’s match-making, Mickey and Johnny become sweet with one another.
Slowly Gus realizes, all the years his job had him travelling, he recognizes his failure and neglect to Mickey.
I think anyone from teenager on, will enjoy this movie. There is no blood and guts, shooting, or car chases, just a feel good
movie. Go see it. It’s a HOME RUN.
3 1/2 popcorn bags
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