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After losing their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football start to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention.
Romantic Comedy - This is a period romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the
early days of professional football. The target is an adult
audience, with the romance angle holding female appeal and the sports
angle holding male appeal. This is a throwback to the fast-talking
screwball style of the '30s and '40s, and those not used to the style
may be taken aback.
PROFANITY: 4 S-words, 6 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Brawls, fights, and football hits; no blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco, including by a kid. ACTION: Football action. COMEDY: Comic wordplay and banter; some slapstick.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Screwball comedies are out of vogue (and have been for decades), but this is probably as well-made as one could hope for in today's cinematic climate. It's an enjoyable diversion.
USA TodayFull Review Good More amiable than witty and relying heavily on the likability and charm of its lead actors, Leatherheads scores more points as a retro romantic comedy than a football saga.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 257 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved it. Lots of very high reviews.
TEENS:Males didn't care much for "Leatherheads." Only a small percentage rated it above average or higher. Most rated it average and below average. Females rated it much higher than males. Over half indicated that they enjoyed it very much and the remaining reviews were good/average, which is decent. So, I recommend it to the ladies but not the guys unless they enjoy movies with lots of witty dialogue and minimal football action.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Half the males enjoyed "Leatherheads" very much and half thought it was an OK movie. That's not too bad but it's not great. Again, the ladies enjoyed "Leatherheads" more than the guys. About three-quarters rated it above average or higher and the rest rated it average. Easily recommended for females but males should be sure they enjoy movies with lots of witty dialog and minimal football action.
ADULTS:This movie obviously appeals mainly to adults because we were able to collect lots of adult reviews. Both the males and the females REALLY ENJOYED "LEATHERHEADS." Only a small percentage rated it, as low as, average and below average. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Dodge Connolly (George Clooney), a charming, brash football hero is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country's attention.
Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski), America's favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton
(Renee Zellweger) aims to prove that's the case.
A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter's war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections.
As the new game of pro-football becomes less like the freewheeling sport he knew and loved, Dodge must both fight to keep his guys together and to get the girl of his dreams. Finding that love and football have a surprisingly similar playbook, however, he has one maneuver he will save just for the fourth quarter...