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Leatherheads
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Starring: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski, Stephen Root
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.leatherheadsmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: They drop the s-bomb a couple of times, but they'd probably be bored with the loved story.
Date Movie: She might find both George Clooney and John Krasinski hotter than you.  Good luck!
Gratuitous Sex: Some kissing and innuendo.
Gratuitous Violence: Lot's of people fighting each other, but in sport's comedy fashion.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Not enough.
Memorable Scene: Carter explaining to Lexie exactly how he became a war hero.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: George Clooney
Produced By: Grant Heslov, Casey Silver

Leatherheads
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:54 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
A friend of mine might really be on to something because she wrote me that she generally only likes movies less than two hours long and with happy endings. I wrote her back with a rating scale based on just those two criteria, 4 or 5 stars for a movie not too long with a happy ending, and zero stars for just the opposite. Using her rating scale, even though "Leatherheads" clocks in at just under 2 hours, I still felt it too long though it did have a happy ending, leaving it at 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. Maybe by shear coincidence, thatís the same rating I'm going to give it.

So, "Leatherheads" is too long with a happy ending. 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. I guess my reviewing is done! Have a nice day!

Oh, alright, Iíll give you a little bit more about "Leatherheads" and why I only gave it 2 Ĺ stars, but it might be time for me to add a separate "Dudette Scale" to our reviews. Anyway, hereís the storyÖ

The year is 1925 and pro football is on the verge of collapse. George Clooney is Dodge Connolly, the leader of the Duluth Bulldogs. Grasping at anything to keep the sport alive, he reaches out to college phenom and war hero Carter (John Krasinski) to join the Bulldogs, thereby giving the sport some legitimacy and have someone to bring in the crowds. Along for the ride, though, is Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), who is dispatched by the Chicago Daily Tribune to discredit Carterís war hero-ness. Naturally she is attracted to Carter because he is the young, tall, strapping lad, but as it turns out she is more attracted to the older, sharp-mouthed Dodge. So, yea, the two dudes throw some punches over a woman, Lexie finds that itís really hard to discredit a war hero, football gets some rules, and we find that playing football in the mud sometimes isnít that much fun.

I guess, story aside, the problem I really had with "Leatherheads" was that it seemed to try too hard to be too many types of movies. There was the hint of romantic comedy with the love triangle that didnít really need to be one, there was the hint of screwball sportís comedy brought down by the love story, then there was the "we want to be serious" aspect to the movie that crept in at times. When a movie does that I think it loses focus, adds too many scenes to the movie, thereby causing it to drag on too long.

Clooney was his usually charming self and Zellweger was great in her role as the sassy newspaper reporter almost torn if she should run the "Heís not the war hero we were told" story, but in a role ripe for a lot of funny, I thought Stephen Root as Suds, the beat reporter, was wasted. Oh, and one more thing, something I hate, is when a movie gives away the ending before the ending with an unnecessary foreshadowing comment. In this case the comment was from Lexie while sheís watching the mud-bowl, climactic, football game at the end of the movie, and she mentions that since everyone is so muddy, well, you canít tell who anyone is. Sure enough, not being able to tell who anyone is comes into play. Ugh!

So, with too many things dragging this movie down, Iím giving "Leatherheads" 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. I suppose I could have saved a lot of my day just using the "Dudette Scale" rather than typing this full review, but what fun would that be?

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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