movie thoughts: Leatherheads

AD and I saw this movie on a whim this afternoon.  We just wanted something light and fluffy to get us to the end of the weekend.  Plus, who can deny the appeal of George Clooney AND John Krasinksi! 

If you’ve ever seen any of the romantic comedies from the 1940s, where the leading man and fast-talking leading dame exchange quick quips and smart-ass comments for the majority of the film, then you’ll recognize this movie right away.  But that’s okay because ‘Leatherheads’ wasn’t about being new or breaking new ground in the comedy format – its an homage to simpler times.  Simpler times for football, when it wasn’t a professional (read: profitable) sport. 

In the movie, Clooney plays ‘Dodge’ Connelly, a pro-footballer who finds himself out of the job when his team (and all of the other teams in the country) are broke from lack of support.  In an attempt to avoid getting a real job, he convinces Krasinski’s character, Carter Rutherford, a college football star/war hero to go pro and help him revitalize the sport.  Renee Zellweger plays the fast-talking reporter, secretly trying to write a story that will show that Carter’s war record isn’t all it is cracked up to be. 

It’s silly, it’s cute, it’s very clear that everyone in this movie has far too much fun making it which makes it really fun to watch.  It has a lot of heart, and if you just want to munch on some popcorn and put your brain on cruise control, this one will fit the bill. 

I’d give it 3.5 stars – “Fun to watch once so you can see the silliness.  Plus, Clooney and Krasiniski!  COME ON!”

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