Footballers’ Lives: Review for "Leatherheads"

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Set in prohibition era 1925, Leatherheads stars two of the biggest stars in Hollywood: Renee Zellweger and George Clooney. It also stars John Krasinski, whom you may know from NBC’s The Office. Clooney plays a pro football player, Dodge Connelly, during an age where pro football had no rules and almost no audience. The public’s eye was on war hero/boy wonder Carter Rutherford, who, it is said, singlehandedly  made a troop of German soldiers surrender. He happens to be a star at his college. He’s handsome, a college football player, and a war hero (nicknamed “Bullet”). But Chicago Tribune writer Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) and her superiors suspect that this guy isn’t all he’s made out to be. Dodge, meanwhile, wants to set up a brand new team. He thinks hiring Carter will bring money and people to his games. Under the public’s scrutiny is hard for a kid that young. He fesses up to Lexie one night and she writes all about it. It becomes a big scandal and Carter vehemently denies the allegation. Clooney and Zellweger trade funny repartee. At the end, there are rules in football, much the Dodge’s dismay. Enjoyable, though not perfect, film. Sports fans will enjoy. The script was written by two writers from Sports Illustrated. Kransinski does much better off in his second film than his first, the turkey called License to Wed.
Grade: B

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