Leatherheads (2008)

Leatherheads (2008)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Cast: George Clooney, John Krasinski, Renée Zellweger


A light hearted comedy about the beginnings of Professional American Football. When a decorated war hero and college all star is tempted into playing professional football. Everyone see the chance to make some big money, but when a reporter digs up some dirt on the war hero… everyone could lose out.

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  • I really thought this movie would be a great experience, all things considered. A big budget movie on Football in the 20s, two solid leads romancing each others and some battle of wits to spice things up. George Clooney had also shown in the last few years that he can be a very competent director and he seems to have a passion for historical settings. But the overall experience feels more like a missed opportunity.

    It must be said that the sets, costumes and overall feel of the era is absolutely amazing. There are scenes where I had to pick my jaw off the floor. The music, the overall tone of dialogs, some of the editing… a lot of it is reminiscent of the period and helps immerse you. Unfortunately, the plot itself leaves a lot to be desired despite covering a lot of promising ground. Romance by the leads with some chemistry going. A important period in America’s history. A transitional time for football. The ethic on the field, the ethic of pro sports and journalism. And of course, camaraderie among teammates. So it should be great, right? But Leatherheads just never lifts off the ground. Every one of the subjects I listed, with the exception of the romance, as well as the plot surrounding Carter Rutherford (played unconvincingly by John Krasinski) takes way too much time and doesn’t pay off. Examples abound of promising elements that just aren’t exploited. The ruthless agent, the new football commissioner, various twists in the script… all pretty much brushed over.

    I think this is a fine movie, and definitely deserves a 6. But I am at a loss to explain how such a script could end being financed with over 50 million dollars. Then again, most football movies (most sports movies for that matter) seem content to employ the same clichés over and over again. I guess I am disappointed that with such a great context (the 20s) they couldn’t do more.

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