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Based on the trailers I saw, “Trouble with the Curve” (2012) looked like it was pretty emotionally manipulative, so I kinda figured it would make me cry. I held it together until the big Mexican kid drops a 12-6 curve so pretty, it about makes a punk teenager crap his pants (maybe I watch too much baseball). It’s a good way to spend a lazy afternoon or evening, but it’s no “Moneyball.” In fact it’s the opposite of “Moneyball,” with good (grizzled old scouts and pert redheads) triumphing over evil (computer-savvy metrosexuals). Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams star as good.

“Moneyball” (2011) isn’t a typical pro baseball movie. Kids don’t own or manage – or pitch – for the team. There isn’t a dog in right field or a voodoo master at first base. Neither Enrico Palazzo nor a serial killer is behind home plate. It’s based on a true story, but nobody has a deadly disease. There are more statistics than game highlights. Yet there’s a lot to like about it. There’s baseball stuff. There’s interesting interpersonal relationships. Great editing and cinematography (yes, I am playing that card). And a charismatic, spit-cup-carrying protagonist played by Brad Pitt in a tight t-shirt.