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Leatherheads (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  4 April 2008 (USA)
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In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

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A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero, 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 ... Written by Orange

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In the beginning, the rules were simple. There weren't any. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£474,780 (UK) (11 April 2008)

Gross:

$31,199,215 (USA) (30 May 2008)
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George Clooney watched many old Screwball-comedies in preparation for this movie. See more »

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At the end of the movie, the series of newspaper headlines state some related information, but all of the articles contain generic paragraphs, none of which have anything to do with the headline or the plot. Other headlines on the pages appear multiple times, such as "KING IN NEST OF SHRINES", taken from the New York Times' 1923 article on the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb. See more »

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Carter Rutherford: CC tells me you're printing that story.
Lexie Littleton: I haven't decided.
Carter Rutherford: You're not a reporter. You're a *liar*.
Lexie Littleton: Slow down there, Kaiser.
Carter Rutherford: If you just wanted a story, then why didn't the Trib send one of their hacks with a cigar stuffed in their snout. But, no, they sent you to snuggle up and play nice.
Lexie Littleton: I never was much for cigars, but if it'd make you feel better...
Carter Rutherford: Maybe I should just leave twenty bucks on the bed stand!
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Written by Zo Elliott (as Alonzo Elliott), Stoddard King
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A laugh filled and decent slapstick romantic comedy that looks at the early days of pro football.
4 April 2008 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Leatherheads" is a movie of laughs, and feel good fun a period piece of football nostalgia that's held together by it's slapstick comedy and blended well with romance. George Clooney who stars and directs gives a good turn here, yet it seems a little uncommon seeing the superstar in a period comedy piece as he's clearly a better dramatic actor still he scores some points here for his style of shooting and direction of the film.

Set in the 1920's George is 'Dodge' Connelly a football player on the field and a ladies man off it, and this is before the big money and rules changes that took into form for the game. Clooney's team the Duluth Bulldogs are a scrapper bunch at play yet the team is tough and gritty, and off the field George's Dodge character is full of drink and has eyes for a dame. Enter Lexie Littleton(Renee Zellweger)who's an elegant and sexy snap news lady of a reporter as she's a little lady in red from her nifty wardrobe. While the Bulldogs team and other foes have gone bankrupt and many move on to other traits of work like mining and labor, a plan then develops to invest in and start an organized league with the help of a famous recruit for the Bulldogs that being college ivy league stud and apparent war hero Carter Rutherford(John Krasinski). Along the way then the film blends with plenty of slapstick laughs and comic gridiron action from strange and crazy tackles to muddy fields to catchy flirtation one liners and romance that is seen in a chastely and sexy way. And the big surprise is the truth about the apparent battlefield story is revealed.

Overall this isn't a great movie, but it's OK as the slapstick and laughs carry it, so if your expecting a historical serious and dramatic look at the early NFL you want get it here. Though the costumes and uniforms of the classic throwback way of no face mask, no chin gear, nor any rules make you feel just like your back watching a 1920's era game. The chemistry between Clooney and Zellweger is good as Renee is a bright treat to watch even though the laughs are good and the scenes are fun Clooney appears out of place here in a comedy work even though his performance is good, this screwball comedy scores for laughs and is flagged for drama and it's lack of focused attention on the history of the start of the NFL.


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