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February 23, 2013

Saturday Night at the Movies #64 – Trouble with the Curve and Mistresses

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 2:42 pm
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Trouble with the Curve (2012) has Clint Eastwood playing a guy almost indistinguishable from his character, Walt Kowalski, in Gran Torino (2008).  Instead of being a widowed, retired factory worker, Gus Lobel is a widowed, aging baseball scout.  While gruff, cantankerous Walt dealt with gangs moving into his neighborhood, gruff, cantankerous Gus deals with baseball executives who care more about sabermetrics and judgment.  Both movies are excellent, but I like Curve better because it includes a romance between Gus’s daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) and a scouting protégé (Justin Timberlake).  The Rotten Tomato critics gave it only 51%, and the audience score was only marginally better at 66%.  By contrast, Gran Torino received 80% and 90%, respectively.  I give Curve three and a half stars out of four.  In looking back, I see that I gave Gran Torino four stars – that was too generous. 

Mistresses is a UK TV miniseries that ran from 2008 to 2010 and is being developed for American TV by ABC in May of 2013.  Netflix Streaming recommended it to me with a 3.9 rating, and I’m so glad they did.  The series focuses on the love lives of four best-friend British women.  Sounds like Sex and the City, doesn’t it?  Like Sex, the women are amazingly attractive in very different ways.  One is a liberated event-planning player who is starting to like girls, one is a married lawyer who can’t get pregnant, one is a doctor who loves a patient and his son, and one is a widow whose husband was killed in 9/11.  Although I enjoyed the Sex series, I never loved it because none of the women were my type.  By contrast, all of the women in Mistresses, although dramatically distinct, are my type, and I ended up caring for each of them.  They are warm and, despite their philandering, have integrity.  Season One of Mistresses, with six episodes, was so good that I wonder if the other two seasons will disappoint me.  Three and a half stars out of four.

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