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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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4 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

For this role, John Krasinski had to change his usual hair style. This hair change was worked into a story on his television show, The Office (2005). See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1925. America entered World War I in April 1917 when Congress, at the request of Woodrow Wilson, declared war against Germany. The war ended with the Armistice in November 1918. Even if Carter had been a freshman when he joined the Army, he would have finished his studies by 1921 or 1922. In short, he wouldn't still be at Princeton in 1925. See more »

Quotes

Lexie Littleton: [Dodge smirking down at Lexie while laying in the top bunk in her room] What?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: I think I will sleep up here tonight.
Lexie Littleton: Oh, you most certainly will not!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Really?
[Mimes talking on a phone]
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: "Believe me, Harvey. By the end of the week, that kid will cook his own goose."
Lexie Littleton: [Her eyes widen] You were spying?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: I was observing.
Lexie Littleton: So you want to play dirty, huh?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Maybe later, I'm a little tired right now.
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The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ledisi Young
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I tried SO hard to like it, but could not....
3 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw an advance screening of Leatherheads at NYU Movies101 last night.

I was so excited when it was announced that this movie was being shown.

I settled in my seat ready to enjoy another great movie that George Clooney directs and acts in.

All during the film, I thought to myself "Is it just me, or is this movie going nowhere?". I was trying SO hard to like it.

Well, it wasn't just me. I was surprised to see about ¾ of the full house of people I saw it with feel the same way, even the hosting professor.

As discussed after the screening, it had Top-Notch Scenic Design, Sound Track (by Randy Newman), Editing, Acting (Renee Zellweger was fabulous), Directing, Costumes, and Cinematography. It did not have a good story, and that is what made it fail. The script was written in the 1980's by two sports writers. Clooney has been carrying it around with him for over 2 decades. I suspect that the script was pretty much left the script alone from its origin.

The concept of the story is great, but the writing was horrible. Maybe George Clooney thought that the concept and grandeur would "carry" the film? It was disappointing to see George Clooney in a movie that did not compliment him in anyway. He does do comedy well, as he did in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". How can you act well with terrible material? George's Directing was great.


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