The season of family gatherings is upon us, and here are two movies featuring The Dad in a big way. Though not as familiar as The Mom, The Dad is a cozy Hollywood institution, often deployed to prod at adult male shortcomings — from cold, distant workaholic to warm-hearted slob around the house. There’s also the Super-Dad who’s a sexual powerhouse around Mom and an action hero to his kids. In any case, Dad stories are rarely genuine duds. For women over 39, the real chick flick is the Dad flick.
“Trouble With the Curve” showcases Clint Eastwood in some unforgettable Dad moments. At 82, these days he’s more behind the camera than in front of it, but this time he relinquishes the lens to his trusted protege and longtime assistant director, Robert Lorenz, to play a tough, craggy baseball scout named Gus.