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Draft Day (2014)

R | | Drama, Sport | 11 April 2014 (USA)
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At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

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Dave Donaldson ...
Danny
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Tom Michaels
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Walt Gordon
Mel Kiper ...
Mel Kiper
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Jon Gruden
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Deion Sanders ...
Deion Sanders
Mike Mayock ...
Mike Mayock
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Ali
Anthony Rizzo ...
Anthony Rizzo
Aaron Goldhammer ...
Aaron Goldhammer
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Jordan Harris ...
Vontae's Nephew
Zachary Littlejohn ...
Vontae's Nephew (as Zachary Littleton)
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It's draft day in the NFL and as general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny is forced to come up with a big move. After trading for the number one pick, Sonny has to choose between a lower-ranked linebacker with a questionable past or a celebrated quarterback with a questionable future. All the while, Sonny is walking in the footsteps of his father and personal complications force their way to the surface. Written by Anne Campbell

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The greatest victories don't always happen on the field.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,783,603 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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$28,831,145 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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Kevin Costner who portrayed Jonathan Kent (Superman/Clark Kent's Earthly father) in Man of Steel (2013) stars in this film alongside Tom Welling, famous for his role of Clark Kent in Smallville (2001) and also stars alongside Frank Langella who played Perry White in Superman Returns 2006. See more »

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When Vontae Mack calls Sonny Weaver Jr. in his car in the beginning of the movie, his number shows up on Sonny's phone. When Sonny goes to hang up on Vontae, the number on Sonny's phone screen says "PRIVATE NUMBER". See more »

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Chris Berman: Thirty-two teams, seven rounds, 224 young men who, today, are about to become players in the National Football League. A day where lives are changed. fates are decided, dynasties are born, and the clock is always ticking. Of course, I'm talking about... Draft Day.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.9 (2014) See more »

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Born to Rise
Written by Alexander Francis Barry, Mark Kasprzyk and Julian Tomarin
Performed by Redlight King
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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The final 30 minutes was pretty good…

Short Review: This movie will mean nothing to anybody uninterested or unfamiliar with the NFL draft.

Long Review: How does someone make a good movie out of a subject matter that is as dry and corporate as the NFL draft? I'll let you know when I see one.

Going in knowing that the content would be painfully middle of the road, if only because a movie sponsored by the NFL (like any good propaganda film) must have been sifted through for any questionable or inflammatory content by every owner in the league prior to completion, the only reason I went to see this movie was because I am a fan of the NFL and thought (at the very least) it would be cool to see a football movie that used actual NFL team logos. But after about 5 minutes of that and the relentless barrage of corporate product placement, it all got old and I was forced to pay attention to the story.

Synopsis: Directed by Ivan Reitman (a man who is responsible for far more stinkers than good movies; stop trying to defend him) "Draft Day" tells the story of fictional Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver as he wrestles with what college prospect he will pick on Draft Day. Doesn't that sound like a riveting idea for a movie? Well, it is slightly more interesting than it sounds, but just slightly.

Right off the bat it is revealed that Sonny is dating a woman named Ali, played by Jennifer Garner; a pairing that not only lacks any chemistry, but is visually off-putting. And aside from an ending that I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed, Dennis Leary's performance as an unapologetic caricature of Barry Switzer and Chadwick Boseman's performance as a prospect wildly undervalued by NFL scouts, it's all downhill from there. Even the direction from this seasoned filmmaker is pretty awful, full of amateurish wipes and an over abundant use of the split screen effect.

Final Thought: While I was interested to see this film through, if only to find out what prospect Sonny selected, far too much of "Draft Day" is soap opera dramatic and stiff as hell. But I guess it's not all Rietman's fault. He does manage to coax as much theatrical entertainment out of an aspect of football that doesn't include the act of playing football.


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