Friday, March 28, 2008

Leatherheads: George Clooney Directs Football Comedy

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL! Not the Monday night variety with heavily padded millionaires vying for yardage on fake grass, adoring fans cheering from pricey stadium seats, and busy television cameras capturing every move for instant replays. Noooo! I'm talking about real old school football when helmets were made of leather and scantily clad cheerleaders, Gatorade showers, and highly anticipated Super Bowl Half Time shows didn't exist! Welcome to the sports world of Universal Studio's, Leatherheads.

The year is 1925 and Academy Award winner, George Clooney, the film's director and lead actor, portrays Dodge Connolly. As captain of the midwest's Duluth Bulldogs, the charming and aging football hero tries to save his career and the game of professional football as he knows it, which means no rule book, little protective padding, and playing with all your heart.

To help him make this biggest play of his life, he enlists the expertise of athletic agent CC Frazier (Jonathan Pryce) and his star client, college football star, Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford (John Krasinski). But the moment sassy reporter turned sportswriter, Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), enters the story, Leatherheads becomes less about football and more about a romance between one woman and two very different men. Sorry fellas!

Assigned to separate fact from fiction about Rutherford's "decorated war hero" status, Littleton finds herself attracted to the good natured, all-American, celebrity athlete. But the woman doth protest too much in the presence of Conolly's bad boy charm. Their sharp-tongued, quick witted dialogue sets the tone of their underlying attraction and supplies some of the most enjoyable scenes of the film like the one below. See some of them and others by clicking HERE:

So this light hearted football movie isn't really all about the beginnings of the sport as much as it is about three individuals with something to prove to themselves and each other. And though it's described as a screwball comedy by some and a romantic comedy by others, I'd say it's definitely somewhere in the middle. Leatherheads opens nationwide April 4th. Visit the film's website HERE to learn more about the cast and to get multimedia downloads.


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