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At Theaters: 4/11/2014 On Video: 9/2/2014
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 600326
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - While technically a football movie, there is very little of the sport in this drama, for it focuses on the politics and maneuvering of the title day. But one does not need to have much insider knowledge to enjoy this film as a suspenseful drama. Fans of stars Jennifer Garner and especially Kevin Costner will enjoy; other recognizable faces such as Tom Welling and Rosanna Arquette have much smaller parts. Language and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Costner 3 DAYS TO KILL, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Jennifer Garner DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
Denis Leary ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Frank Langella UNKNOWN, ALL GOOD THINGS
Sam Elliott MARMADUKE, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?
Dir/Prod: Ivan Reitman NO STRINGS ATTACHED, MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND
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Production Notes Heading
Origin of the Project
Casting "Draft Day"
About The Production
Filming
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 15 S-words; 10 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some football hits and tackles.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic lines and situations; nothing off color.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The bottom-line question is whether the drama inherent in the narrative overcomes the odious, relentless NFL cheerleading. At times, it's a tough call but, on balance, the story wins out. Sonny is an interesting character and the adroit way he eventually manipulates his situation generates the urge to stand up and cheer.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average What "Draft Day" misses is that the reason 6 million people watch the actual draft is because it's merely the prelude to the story of their team and possibly their new favorite player, and not the whole story in itself. We buy into the dream because of what it could mean for our sports fandom. The movie about this phenomenon clutters that hope with too many characters involved in uninteresting (and often unbelievable) subplots, dragging the high that true sports fans feel on draft day to the ground.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Draft may be one of Hollywood's few football stories without any football, save for some footage from classic games. Credit it with an unorthodox approach to the genre. But it doesn't have enough depth to its characters to overcome the lack of action. It's hard to see the film appealing to those who don't follow the game or play fantasy football.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average Make no mistake, this isn't a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It's about the games before the games. And if writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph had stuck to the basics — if the plot was just business — it might have worked.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 100 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
5
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
40
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
46
High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 100 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! This is one movie you DO NOT want to listen to what the "professional movie critics" say. These reviews hardly indicate an "average" movie as most critics rated it.
Three-quarters of the adults, both males and females, indicated that they LOVED "DRAFT DAY." Most of the remaining quarter, or so, rated it "above average." Only 10% of the males and 18% of the females rated it an "average" movie.

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