With that being said and compounded with the fact that I am a football fanatic, I was highly anticipating the opening of the movie Leatherheads. The movie stars George Clooney, aka Dodge Connolly, a charming and tough football hero, who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsors and the entire league faces collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his team. Dodge hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country’s attention. This ushers in Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski), a supposed golden boy war hero who single handedly forced a group of German soldiers to surrender in WWI. Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new kid is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) aims to prove that’s the case. A small time journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter’s war story. While she seductively digs into Carter Rutherford's past, the two teammates start to become serious off field rivals for her affections. As the new game of pro football in 1925 becomes less like the free wheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams.
You can instantly tell that this movie was not only going to be set in the "old days", but they actually wrote and shot it to feel like an old style Hollywood film. To me, the movie had a bit too much old school, slap stick, 1920's Charlie Chaplin style comedy molded into it and I think the movie would have been MUCH, MUCH better without it. I especially loved (sarcasm) the scene where Carter and Dodge punch each other for what seems like half an hour and yet neither of them shows any blood or even as much as a black eye!!! This film had a great cast, great costumes and most importantly a great story line.....that's why I was so disappointed with it. Mr. Clooney, you could have done better!