Release Date: Sept. 23
Director: George Clooney
Writers: Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly
Producers: Grant Heslov, Casey Silver
Starring: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski?
Studio/Run Time: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 114 mins.
Silly comedy about football's beginnings kinda swell, thanks to Clooney
George Clooney's got a lotta moxie, giving us this slapsticky movie
about an aging football player's hail-mary attempt to save his rag-tag
1925 team and bring fame and fans to the fledgling professional sport.
He's the cat's pajamas as Jimmy "Dodge" Connolly, all rumpled and
dapper in his newsboy cap, three-piece suit and soft smirks. It's hard
to understand how Renée Zellweger—as Lexie Littleton, the hard-boiled
dame reporter who's "got great legs"—can resist his whiskey-soaked
charms for so much of this lighthearted film, instead taking a shine to
too-good-to-be-true war hero and football star Carter Rutherford (The
Office's John Krasinski). The movie's got a nifty look and feel—Randy
Newman's ragtime piano and speakeasy scenes could just as easily be
sepia-toned—but it could've done without the Keystone Cops routine.
Some of the characters seem half-baked, their conflicts rushed and too
easily resolved, and what is presented as a possible script twist never
pans out. Thanks to ol' Georgie boy, though, we can forgive the film's
faulty construct—because it's fun to watch and he, of course, is the