Leatherheads

LEATHERHEADSBB

(out of 5)


An unfortunate misfire given the talent involved. directs this uneven comedy set in 1925, the early days of professional football, when college games had money and panache and professional matches were played in the dirt. Clooney, owner of his team and also a player, decides not to take it lying down when the league loses its sponsorship and the teams all go broke. He uses his magical recruiting skills to convince a star college player and war hero () to play for him, raising the profile of the team and kickstarting the business of football. Complicating matters is, of course, a girl: a nosy reporter () has been assigned the task of discovering the secret behind Krasinski’s war hero status, but then also falls in love with Clooney and creates a difficult conflict of interest. It looks great, and sounds even better–Clooney and Zellweger have a few fun scenes rife with screwball-era witticisms–but the film constantly changes tones and focus. Krasinski fails to make his mark in the role, while Zellweger isn’t always believable, but these things would be forgiveable if Clooney’s direction had a little more snap to it, and if the running time wasn’t twenty minutes past where it should be.


, Casey Silver Productions, , Internationale Scarena Filmproduktionsgesellschaft 1

USA/Germany, 2008

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Leatherheads

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