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Reviewed on 2008-04-04
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Drama / Romance / Sport
This is a George Clooney film. Meaning he directed and stars in it, but Leatherheads is not like his recent films. In fact, it is downright hard to categorize. It isn't a star filled extravaganza like the Ocean's Number-Whatever series. It is definitely not about the important topics or social issues that have brought Clooney awards. Just what the heck is it?

Its fun. Its Americana. Its well done. And except for some near bloodless fistfights and a small handful of four letter words it could have that dreaded "G" rating. Clooney's Dodge Connelly character is trying to breathe life into the seemingly doomed concept of professional football in 1925. As a last gasp effort he convinces war hero and Ivy League gridiron sensation Carter Rutherford (Played by The Office's John Krasinski.) to turn pro. Just when things begin looking good along comes Chicago Tribune reporter Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger) seeking a skeleton in the super star's closet.

As I said before, Leatherheads is fun. The football games are often literally dirty fun. The period music is fun and even resonated with some of the twenty-something crowd. Just as in the 1920's, passenger trains are the main way of getting from place to place. This will be a bit of a revelation to young audience members. There is some slapstick action, but also funny dialog. In fact the pairing of Clooney and Zellweger reminds me, just a bit, of some of the early Tracy and Hepburn team-ups.

What else can I say? Fun story, well told. Fun cast. Fun film.

Review By: Erwin K. Roberts


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