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Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

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George Clooney
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Carter Rutherford
David de Vries ... Princeton Reporter (as David DeVries)
Rick Forrester ... Princeton Reporter
Craig S. Harper Craig S. Harper ... Princeton Reporter (as Craig Harper)
George Clooney ... Dodge Connelly
Malcolm Goodwin ... Bakes
Matt Bushell ... Curly
Tommy Hinkley ... Hardleg
Tim Griffin ... Ralph
Robert Baker ... Stump
Nick Paonessa Nick Paonessa ... Zoom
Lance Barber ... Toledo Referee
Wayne Duvall ... Coach Ferguson
Nicholas Bourdages Nicholas Bourdages ... Bug
Jason Drago Jason Drago ... Toledo Player
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Storyline

A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America's nascent pro-football league in 1925. Dodge Connolly, 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, 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 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 ... Written by Orange

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In the beginning, the rules were simple. There weren't any. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bőrfejek See more »

Filming Locations:

Anderson, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,682,595, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$31,373,938

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,299,492
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carter Rutherford is loosely based on the real life football star Harold 'Red' Grange. His agent in the movie, C.C. Frazier, is based on his real life agent C.C. Pyle. See more »

Goofs

Lexie reports that Duluth has beaten a woeful Pottsville team. However, the 1925 Pottsville Maroons only lost two games that season, to Frankford and Providence, on their way to beating Chicago in the League Championship. Nonetheless, the movie is a fictional story, as this movie is a fiction and need not adhere to historical match records. See more »

Quotes

Joe: Hey, Lexie! Someone's here to see you.
Lexie Littleton: Who?
Joe: Dodge Connelly.
Lexie Littleton: [Her eyes widen and she whispers] Tell him I'm not here!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: [From outside the office] I heard that!
Lexie Littleton: Goddammit!
[She goes out the door, to Dodge]
Lexie Littleton: You know, you have a real knack for showing up at the perfect time!
Jimmy 'Dodge' Connelly: Some people call it a skill.
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Toot Toot Tootsie Good-Bye
Written by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito (as Ted Fiorito) and Dan Russo (uncredited)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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George Clooney hits back to slap stick
10 April 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

You know the phrase "they don't make them like they used too"? Well, George Clooney definitely took that to heart when he decided to direct and act in Leatherheads. This movie hits back to "It Happened One Night" type of slap stick, or at least that's what it reminded me of. To me it seems like George Clooney is trying to be like the next Clark Gable, Renee Zellwegger, don't get me wrong, I love this girl, she's a great actress, but I wasn't too impressed with her performance in Leatherheads. With her and George it seemed like they were trying so hard to make the slap stick work and really forced it, while the jokes are funny, it doesn't click as well as it should like the old time comedies. The problem with this movie is that it doesn't know wither it wants to be a romantic comedy slap stick or how football was born in America type of comedy, so George Clooney misses more than hits.

Set in the 1920's, Jimmy and his football team are in the birth of football. The problem is that they don't win and their sponsors are fed up with their stunts and loosing streaks. So when they drop the football team, Jimmy looks for a job, but fails, but later he comes across college football star, Carter Rutherford. He offers Rutherford to join the team and the sponsors get back into play. Rutherford is also known war hero and reporter, Lexie Littleton is on the case to find out "the truth" that could possible damage Carter's career. But Jimmy is also attracted Lexie and may have to give up the only way to boost the football team's reputation again for Lexie's story.

Would I recommend Leatherheads? I would say that it's worth a matinée, it's a cute movie and has some fun laughs. I loved the scene with Jimmy and Carter who just punch each other in the face and beg not to hit anywhere else because it's their weak spot. Just I think the editing was a little off, some scenes I don't understand why they were not cut in half or were even needed. George Clooney wasn't looking to make a masterpiece, but I think he took this film in the wrong direction and it's not that impressive. It's a decent movie, worth the watch, but it's not something I would buy.

6/10


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