Good Night, and Good Luck director George Clooney pulls double duty once again in this sports-oriented romantic comedy set against the formation of professional football in the 1920s. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) is a brash and handsome gridiron giant who is equally comfortable leading his team in a barroom brawl or charging for a touchdown in a packed stadium. But when Connelly's team loses their sponsor and the entire league appears set to collapse, the quick-thinking jock attempts a creative late-game comeback. If Connelly can convince former college football star and decorated war hero Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to join the team, there may be hope for the ill-fated team after all. Back in World War I, Rutherford single-handedly forced the surrender of multiple German soldiers -- a feat that firmly established the dashing young soldier as America's favorite son. Not only that, but Rutherford's unparalleled speed makes him a valuable asset to the team. To cub reporter Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger), Rutherford seems simply too good to be true, and she's determined to prove that her theory is correct. As Littleton digs deep into Rutherford's past, the two teammates enter into a fierce competition for her erratic affections. Now, as Connelly's plan begins to work better than he ever could have anticipated, the rowdy sport he always loved starts to take on a whole new look and feel. In the midst of holding his team together and simultaneously charming the girl of his dreams, Connelly discovers he may be able to use the same strategies he does to win on the field to win in love. Of course, there might be a few fouls as this game enters the fourth quarter, but like every good player, Connelly knows the value of always having a secret play to fall back on before the final score is called.~Jason Buchanan
Football's Beginning: The making of Leatherheads
No Pads, No Fear: Creating the rowdy football scenes
George Clooney: A leatherhead prankster
Visual effects sequences
Feature commentary with Director George Clooney and producer Grant Heslov
Leatherheads is a change from the kind of film that I've come to expect from director George Clooney. This film has much more in common with the likes of Clooney's Coen Bros. collaboration such as O Brother Where Art Thou and Intolerable Cruelty, what with its slapstick humor, somewhat knuckle-headed characters and period sensibilities. With that aside, though, it's a pretty funny flick with some good casting and an amusing use of the Prohibition-era setting.
The story revolves around "Dodge" Connelly, a middle-aged player for the Duluth Bulldogs, a pro football team in a time when pro football isn't popular and the conditions in which it's played are downright despicable. Still, there are no rules in the game, and that's way Dodge likes it, so when their team gets shut down due to their lack of finances, Dodge is quite bummed out. His solution: Carter Rutherford, a young college fottball player and war hero, whose skills on the field and extraordinary war record are quite a draw. Dodge gets Carter to join their team, which solves their money woes. However, Carter's war record has been brought into question, and along comes Ms. Lexie Littleton of the Chicago Tribune to break open the truth. Thus ensues a love triangle between Dodge, Carter, and Lexie, which puts the players and Carter's secrets at risk.
At its best, the film is a good slapstick comedy and a very enjoyable period piece. The story is not a great draw, because although it is fun to see the older-than-old-school football being carried out by the band, there is not that much of it, and it adds little to the story after the initial conflict. Also, the film's biggest problem is that it has trouble deciding whether to be a romantic-comedy or a sort of period-drama hybrid, which especially becomes an issue in the third act, causing that part of the film to buckle a bit. I'd say the way to fix this qould have been to make this a bit shorter, perhaps by as much as fifteen minutes. My other major problem was that Clooney couldn't seem to quite decide whether or not he liked the character of Carter. He isn't all-out villainized, but he gets a certain amount of mistreatment, leading me to question whether he was intended to be regarded negatively or positively by the viewers.
I enjoyed this picture. It kept my attention throughout and gave me a laugh. All of the actors were charming, and the supporting characters had some life to them, although I did feel that too little focus was placed on the team, considering what an important part of the story they play. I recommend seeing it for sheer entertainment value. It's fun enough to take the time.
This review is from Leatherheads [P&S] [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Good movie for good laughs
Really like this movie with George Clooney in this version of Leatherheads. Classic football laughs & fun & games. Well Recommended. 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks.
George Clooney as an actor is one of the very best. And when he does comedy he is at his best. He delivers in this film, all the way through. Its good fun and a family treat to discover how pro-football may have come about. It certainly makes one think about the possibilities, by enlighten us with comical characters in difficult situations of the time period.