Whether the film’s story is necessarily true, “Leatherheads” successfully captures the time period of the 1920s with its speakeasies, jazz music and struggling institution called pro football. This is a thoroughly enjoyable film with multiple comedic characters and endless hilarity.
“Leatherheads” is about the captain of the Duluth Bulldogs, Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly (George Clooney), who tries to save the unfavorable and unsuccessful establishment of professional football from bankruptcy. His method is bringing in the highly popular war and college football hero Carter Rutherford (Jim Krasinski) to draw crowds to the Bulldogs’ games.
Along for the ride is Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, who, while looking for stories on Rutherford, proceeds to fall in love with Connelly. The love connection between Connelly and Littleton, begins rather sourly. However, it is enjoyable to watch the repartee between Clooney and Zellweger as they display their skills in wit and comedic timing. Just as amusing, however, are the football games themselves, as the players break all the rules of the gameÃÂ – had there been any rules to break.
Lovers of comedy, romance and sports movies alike will enjoy this motion picture.