But let's face it. Gus is a relic. He's getting more patently irrelevant and obsolete while younger, hungrier, more tech savvy talent and less scrupulous scouts angle for his job. And worse, he's going blind as a bat. His worried superiors send his estranged lawyer daughter to accompany him to what may be his last cross-country outing as a talent scout to advise the team on its first draft pick of the new season.
What follows is a quirky sports drama full of sports minutiae, a predictable if moving family drama, and a well-made road movie that delivers a slice of Americana. Cinematographer Tom Stern captures the lush green football fields, clear blue skies, and the summer light of the long baseball season in the South, as well as the small town bonhomie of pit stop budget motels and local bars.
As much as Moneyball was a celebration of paradigm change and mavericks, Trouble with the Curve can be viewed as a conservative defence of the good old days where things were much simpler and straightforward. If you're naturally good and hard-working and know your stuff, Trouble with the Curve suggests that you'll get your just rewards — no need to resort to outlandish gadgets and dirty tricks that these smart alecky city types rely on all the time.