When the youngest hot-shot scout tries to undercut Gus with the management, it’s only a matter of time before he is foreseeably forced into retirement. Much is then riding on a trip to North Carolina, where Gus is to scout the nation’s top high-school player. On top of these woes, Gus is suffering from ocular degeneration. Thus effectively rendering him useless in baseball’s modern computer age. Due to years of devoting himself to the game, Gus and his daughter have had an extremely strained relationship. Mickey (Amy Adams), who is up for partnership at her law firm, feels some dysfunctional responsibility to take care of him on the trip, despite Gus’ unpleasant behavior.
Directed by first-timer Robert Lorenz, who has served as assistant director on numerous Eastwood films, does a nice job aping the style of his aforementioned mentor. This arty, low-key film contains just the right amount of beautiful images and mythical approach to the game. The story, although too sentimental, adequately relates the trials of an aging man confronting the cynicism of big-league sports. Clint Eastwood slugs at least a triple in the title role.
Director: Robert Lorenz
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake