By Anthony Breznican
Updated August 07, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Amy Adams may play the first character to ever call Clint Eastwood a coward and live to tell about it.

Her feisty turn opposite the veteran tough guy in the film Trouble With the Curve starts out seeming like a slightly raunchy father-daughter baseball comedy, but — perhaps appropriately — the trailer throws a bend into the plot just when you think you’ve got it figured out.

Check out the trailer for the film, opening Sept. 21, below:

“My father is a baseball scout. I grew up around men who swore, drank, and farted. Trust me, I can handle it,” Adams assures her bosses, who are about to grant her a promotion that would induct her into the all-boys club of their law firm’s partners.

Except we soon find out that’s kind of a lie. She didn’t really grow up that way at all because when her mother died, her father sent her away to be cared for by others.

Now that it’s his time of need, she decides to be there for him in a way he never was for her. It probably doesn’t hurt that fellow baseball scout Justin Timberlake is sweetening the deal.

While Eastwood is doing a cranky old bastard bit that may seem similar to the one we saw in the far darker Gran Torino, it also seems like we might see one of his most tender performances this time around.

Don’t shoot me for saying that, Clint.

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Trouble With the Curve

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 112 minutes