Leatherheads – A Movie Review

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Nov 232008

Leatherheads Movie PosterIn 1925, Dodge Connelly is a charming, brash football hero who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country’s attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford, America’s favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton aims to prove that’s the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter’s war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections. As the new game of pro-football becomes less like the freewheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must both fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams. Finding that love and football have a surprisingly similar playbook, however, he has one maneuver he will save just for the fourth quarter.

Genres: Comedy and Sports; Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.; Release Date: April 4th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Starring: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski, Wayne Duvall, Jonathan Pryce

Directed by: George Clooney

Lay and I watched this movie on TV Saturday evening as an Amazon.com download. There was great chemistry between Clooney and Zellweger. The movie had some funny moments, and would be OK for a family to see. That gags were reasonably funny. Clooney did  a great job recreating what I take to be the period.