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Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | | 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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George Clooney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Carter Rutherford
David de Vries ... Princeton Reporter (as David DeVries)
Rick Forrester ... Princeton Reporter
Craig S. Harper Craig S. Harper ... Princeton Reporter (as Craig Harper)
George Clooney ... Dodge Connelly
Malcolm Goodwin ... Bakes
Matt Bushell ... Curly
Tommy Hinkley ... Hardleg
Tim Griffin ... Ralph
Robert Baker ... Stump
Nick Paonessa Nick Paonessa ... Zoom
Lance Barber ... Toledo Referee
Wayne Duvall ... Coach Ferguson
Nicholas Bourdages Nicholas Bourdages ... Bug
Jason Drago Jason Drago ... Toledo Player
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Storyline

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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If love is a game, who'll make the first pass? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bőrfejek See more »

Filming Locations:

Anderson, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,682,595, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$31,373,938

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,299,492
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star-director George Clooney and his co-star Renée Zellweger premiered this film in Clooney's hometown of Maysville, KY on March 24th, 2008. In 1953, his aunt Rosemary Clooney had premiered a film of her own, The Stars Are Singing (1953), in the same town, though not at the same theatre. Roughly 3,000 fans attended the red carpet event while 200 VIPs were hand-selected to watch the film. An additional screening was held afterward with 100 lucky winners winning 2 tickets apiece from a raffle drawing. Clooney and Zellweger hosted the second screening as well before departing the theatre. Among the guests in attendance were former Lt. Governor of Kentucky Steve Henry and his wife, Miss America 2000, Heather Renee French Henry. See more »

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In the scene where they are being chased through the building after leaving the speakeasy, a glass and blue lit modern "exit" sign was clearly visible above the doorway. Also, modern fire sprinklers where seen in the ceiling of the same shot. See more »

Quotes

Lexie Littleton: What I want to know is why you chose to come in here from the lobby, where you obviously had business, to sit next to me and listen to my conversation. Tell me, or are you afraid to say?
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: I'm not afraid to say it. I'm in love with Leonard. Go ahead and laugh, everyone does. We had something beautiful until you came along. You think you can just toss him away like a sack of flour?
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Variety Stomp
Written by Fletcher Henderson, Abel Green, Jo Trent
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George Clooney hits back to slap stick
10 April 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

You know the phrase "they don't make them like they used too"? Well, George Clooney definitely took that to heart when he decided to direct and act in Leatherheads. This movie hits back to "It Happened One Night" type of slap stick, or at least that's what it reminded me of. To me it seems like George Clooney is trying to be like the next Clark Gable, Renee Zellwegger, don't get me wrong, I love this girl, she's a great actress, but I wasn't too impressed with her performance in Leatherheads. With her and George it seemed like they were trying so hard to make the slap stick work and really forced it, while the jokes are funny, it doesn't click as well as it should like the old time comedies. The problem with this movie is that it doesn't know wither it wants to be a romantic comedy slap stick or how football was born in America type of comedy, so George Clooney misses more than hits.

Set in the 1920's, Jimmy and his football team are in the birth of football. The problem is that they don't win and their sponsors are fed up with their stunts and loosing streaks. So when they drop the football team, Jimmy looks for a job, but fails, but later he comes across college football star, Carter Rutherford. He offers Rutherford to join the team and the sponsors get back into play. Rutherford is also known war hero and reporter, Lexie Littleton is on the case to find out "the truth" that could possible damage Carter's career. But Jimmy is also attracted Lexie and may have to give up the only way to boost the football team's reputation again for Lexie's story.

Would I recommend Leatherheads? I would say that it's worth a matinée, it's a cute movie and has some fun laughs. I loved the scene with Jimmy and Carter who just punch each other in the face and beg not to hit anywhere else because it's their weak spot. Just I think the editing was a little off, some scenes I don't understand why they were not cut in half or were even needed. George Clooney wasn't looking to make a masterpiece, but I think he took this film in the wrong direction and it's not that impressive. It's a decent movie, worth the watch, but it's not something I would buy.

6/10


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