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Leatherheads [WS] [DVD] [2008]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    65% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 20)

    Special Features

    • Deleted scenes
    • 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


    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • George Clooney
      George Clooney - Dodge Connolly
    • Renée Zellweger
      Renée Zellweger - Lexie Littleton
    • John Krasinski
      John Krasinski - Carter Rutherford
    • Jonathan Pryce
      Jonathan Pryce - CC Frazier
    • Peter Gerety
      Peter Gerety - Commissioner

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 20 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you like slapstick, this one's for you


      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you like Clooney, go ahead


      I thought the movie would be good based on the commercials, but despite this movie being refered to as a comedy, it's not really that funny. Despite it having a decent plot, there just wasn't anything about the movie to keep you watching. Think of it as a conversation you're hearing a few people have. It may hold your attention for a bit, but when you walk away, it won't bother you not knowing how it ends.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Clooney being loveable and goofy.

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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



      Leatherheads is a nostalgic look at the early days of professional football made in the style/vein of great comedies such as His Girl Friday. Is it a football film? No. Is it a strict romantic comedy? Not neccessarily. Is it a solid piece of entertaining film-making? Definitely. Check it out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      barely okay


      it was disapointing. there was barely a story at all. the back story about the guys life as a phony soldier was boring and uninteresting. the comedy comes and goes. the relationship between clooney and zelweeger is good. overall rent it if theres nothing else to get.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Only see if you are a Clooney fan


      This film had a very weak plot. The chemistry between Clooney and Zellweger carried the film. Was interesting to learn about the early days of professional football. I wouldn't recommend this film unless you were a rabid George Clooney fan.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



      This movie was flat, it just laid there. I wish George Clooney wouldn't have used all his facial expressions from O Brother where out thou. I know he can act. But in this one he forgot.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



      This movie was disappointing, for some reason I thought it would be good. Turned out to be a romance movie with slapstick humor. Not the kind of movie I like. Some might enjoy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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