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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 111m 3s

Release date 30/11/2012

BBFCInsight Contains one use of strong language and infrequent moderate violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Robert Lorenz

Cast includes Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 20/11/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE is a US drama in which Clint Eastwood plays a veteran baseball scout with failing eyesight. His daughter, an ambitious lawyer with whom he enjoys an uneasy relationship, is concerned about her father's health and decides to take a few days leave and accompany him on a scouting trip. The film is rated 12A for one use of strong language and infrequent moderate violence.

The single use of strong language occurs during a scene in a bar in which Eastwood's character threatens a man who has been overfamiliar with his daughter. Having pushed the man up against a wall, and clutching a broken beer bottle in his hand, Eastwood threatens: "If you ever touch her again I'm going to rip your f***ing face off". There is also some milder bad language, including uses of 'bastard', 'crap', 'jerk-off', 'piss'; 'screw', 'shit-ball' and 'son of a bitch'.

During a flashback sequence a male character discovers his six-year old daughter alone in a room with another man. He recalls that the man "had his hand down the back of your shirt", after which we see him repeatedly punching the other man's face. Although there are some crunchy sound effects accompanying the blows, little is seen in terms of blood or injury detail because the room is quite dark at the time. While there is an implication that the young girl was being molested, nothing is shown of this.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE also contains infrequent mild sex references. For example, a young baseball trialist boasts to his peers: "First thing I'll do when I make the majors is bang one of those chicks on Desperate Housewives".

There is also sight of Eastwood's character smoking large cigars. However, the film as a whole does not glamorise or promote the practice of smoking.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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