Monday, April 14, 2008

Movie Leatherheads ***

Last Friday night my wife and I met our friend Robin at Tinseltown to see "Letterheads". We pledged at Robin's Super Bowl Party to go to this movie together because of our mutual love of football. We liked the movie about the early days of Pro Football.. It was made like a 1930's/40's romantic comedy. You could put Cary Grant/Spencer Tracy in the George Clooney part of the aging pro football star, Katherine Hepburn in the Renee Zellweger sports reporter part and Jimmy Stewart as the college football star for the love triangle. The following is a synopsis of the movie from the

Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly (George Clooney) is the team captain of the Bulldogs in the struggling pro football league in 1925. The entire pro football league is in danger of collapsing, one team at a time, and his team is next. Dodge gets an idea of saving the team by recruiting a college football star who fills the college stadium with over 45,000 cheering fans. With the lure of big money, Dodge is able to convince Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to drop out of college and join the team. Carter is not only a star football player who can outrun his completion, but he is also a national war hero of WWI who single-handedly captured a platoon of German soldiers. Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) is a newspaper journalist assigned to get Carter's real inside story about the capture of the German soldiers. To get the story, Lexie must travel with the team, and in time, both Carter and Dodge fall for her. Only one will win her love as the fourth quarter comes to an end.

I am not a fan of either Clooney or Zellweger but they were very good in this movie together.That and the subject of football are godod enough reasons to see this movie. It was not great but fun and I give it 3 ***.