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Eastwood throws us a curve ball

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Melodrama. Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman. Directed by Robert Lorenz. Cert 12A

We thought we'd seen Clint Eastwood leave the screen with great dignity in Gran Torino but, alas, he's chosen to return in this mawkish tale of a baseball scout with failing eyesight who reunites with his estranged daughter, an ambitious attorney, played by Amy Adams, as they eventually bond on a scouting trip through the Carolinas.

It's a by-the-numbers plot which would be absolutely unbearable were it not for the presence of Eastwood, Adams and a decent supporting cast, which includes Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. HHIII