Monday, November 24, 2008


Leatherheads (2008)
It's 1925 and pro football is a floundering sideshow of a profession. Dodge Connelly (George Clooney) tries to change that by recruiting Princeton standout Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to the league, but Rutherford's All-American aura becomes threatened by muckraking journalist Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger).
My Two Cents: Clooney apparently overhauled the original script (penned by smarmy ESPN columnist Rick Reilly) so I cringe at imagining how much worse this movie could have been.

Drew's Rating: 4/10

Further Thoughts:

While I don't want to insult the greatness of the Coen brothers by comparing this garbage to their work, this movie took me back to two of my favorite Coen comedies, The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou. Zellweger's cutthroat female reporter reminded me of Jennifer Jason Leigh's Amy Archer, who so callously sought to tear down the bumbling-but-inspired Norville Barnes in the former, and Clooney's conniving misfit basically followed the character blueprint he created for Everett, the semi-modern day Odysseus, in the latter.

Leatherheads is vastly inferior to both of those films.


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