Wood-house contends his son-in-law is '"very far from looking well"' (103), John Knightley picks up on his own name and crustily
tells his wife, '"Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children, and let me look as I chuse'" (104).
My own gay brother pointed a finger at me and wagged it like an old man's cane, then crustily
denounced me for taking away the dignity of another man's death.
When we first see Rivard, he's shackled in chains and behind bars, awaiting his lazy-minded defense lawyer, Toby Felker (played with country hick panache by Jim Coulter), while chewing the fat with jailer Amos (crustily
imparted by Brain Flagg).
THE VERDICT No one does crustily
grumpy better than ol' Clint Eastwood these days, and he is the perfect fit here, playing an ageing baseball scout who is joined by the workaholic daughter he barely knows (Adams) on an assignment to watch an up-and-coming player.
Feeling as crustily
comfortable as its titular environ, "The Village Barbershop" is an old-hat story--curmudgeon grudgingly takes in brash youth, with eventual life-enhancing benefits for both.