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      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)

Additional Assignments

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      Selected Awards & Cast

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Additional Discussion Questions

5. Despite the fact that Gus is belligerent and stubborn, viewers of the film hope for his success. For what reasons does he deserve loyalty? Suggested Response: Gus is a brilliant scout who represents the old values that made baseball into a national pastime; he is determined and, ultimately, correct in his decision. When he sings at his wife's grave site, his grief tends to excuse his cranky demeanor. Also, viewers come to understand why he abandoned the task of raising his daughter.

6. What is distasteful about the new attitude toward scouting, shown by team management toward Gus? Suggested Response: Answers will vary: On an emotional basis, the team manager is arrogant. He is also wrong to rely on only one approach to evaluating a player.

7. Evaluate Gus as a parent to his daughter when she was growing up. Suggested Response: He wasn't too great. He sent her away after her mother died when she needed to be with him. He didn't call, write or visit very often. He allowed his own grief and pain to interfere with this obligation to parent his daughter, or at least communicate with her. One could go on and on.

8. It could be said that there were three antagonists in this movie. Who or what were they? Suggested Response: They were (1) the manager who wanted to get rid of Gus and use only computer generated statistical studies; (2) the movement among many managers in baseball to use computer generated statistical studies rather than observation by scouts; and (3) parts of Gus' personality that denied the effects of old-age and were uncommunicative.

See Discussion Questions for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.

Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:


    See Question #s 1 - 3 in the Learning Guide.

Moral-Ethical Emphasis Discussion Questions (Character Counts)

Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.


(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)

    See Question # 3 in the Learning Guide.

Additional Assignments

4. Watch the film Moneyball and answer the questions in the "Film Study Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction." Then write an essay comparing "Moneyball" to Trouble With the Curve in terms of the message each film provides about how to pick baseball players and relations between fathers and daughters.

5. Watch the film Moneyball and answer the questions in the "Film Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction." In both movies, Trouble with the Curve and Moneyball, relationships between fathers and daughters are clearly important. Write character studies of both Gus and Billy Beane as presented in the movie in which you focus on the importance of their daughters both in terms of what the men are like and in terms of the stories told in the films.
Note to Teachers concerning assignments 4 & 5: Adapt the worksheet from TWM's Film Study Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction. Think about whether to instruct students to respond to question #7 by Internet research using at least three separate sources.
See also Additional Assignments for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.

Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

Selected Awards: None.

Featured Actors: Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel; Amy Adams as Mickey Lobel; Justin Timberlake as Johnny Flanagan; Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson; John Goodman as Pete Klein; Robert Patrick as Vince.

Director: Robert Lorenz

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