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A romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional team drafts a strait-laced college sensation, only to watch his new coach fall for his fiancee.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 208388631
UPC 025195012928
UPC 14 00025195012928
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Review A football comedy disguised as a rom-com, Leatherheads is a snappy throwback fueled by the filmmaker's affection for a bygone era. Clooney's third directorial effort is his lightest film so far, which only means he isn't flogging the fear-mongering tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (Good Night and Good Luck) or dissecting the deranged brain of a game show host who believes he's a CIA operative (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)...Leatherheads keeps the beat of a vintage screwball comedy. It's aided immensely by Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly's clever pitter-patter dialogue, production designer Jim Bissell's exquisite period detail, and composer Randy Newman's jangly ragtime score. (Look for his cameo as a piano player in a saloon.)...This is a lark, an homage to movies Clooney has gone on record as saying he adores. He's so in tune with these storied comedies, it might hurt his film's box-office receipts. Not that Clooney's directorial efforts ever break the bank: Confessions nabbed $16 million while Good Luck nearly doubled that with $31 million. But Leatherheads hangs so close to films produced during a forgotten age that audiences who don't recall how quick-witted screwball comedies used to be might not fully appreciate it or even care to.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 10
Review Whatever possessed George Clooney to make a comedy about professional football circa 1925, an era when professional football, at least as we know it now, barely existed? It's hard to imagine who, if anyone, could care about such a subject. And yet the sheer weirdness of the idea is what I liked best about "Leatherheads," Clooney's third picture as a director, particularly considering that in the current climate, making any movie whose objectives can't be summed up in two sentences is ill-advised..."Leatherheads" is only passably satisfying as a comedy. The picture is bumpy and unsure of itself; it would have more energy if Clooney and his screenwriters, Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly, had streamlined it a bit. But you have to give "Leatherheads" this much: It's like no other comedy, or movie, out there these days. Clooney, one of our few old-style Hollywood movie stars himself, obviously loves old-fashioned moviemaking...Given the unapologetically retro appeal of its two stars, and the frisky chemistry between them, "Leatherheads" isn't the movie it might have been. But it does have a breezy, affable spirit, and its very casualness is something that's extremely rare in mainstream movies these days. In a Hollywood system clogged with filmmakers desperate to prove how talented and indispensable they are, Clooney makes it look as if he's not trying too hard.
Reviewer Stephanie Zacharek
ReviewRating 6
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
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Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...scores more points as a retro romantic comedy than a football saga.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Clooney and Zellweger play off each other perfectly, delivering their dialogue with the rhythm of a well-choreographed dance...
Kevin Steincross, FOX-TV Clooney and Zellweger are comic gold.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Feisty and good-humored, and if it doesn't have deep characters, it is chock-full of personality.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...most on its game when it's in the game, and in the zone of Clooney's no-bull affection for the faces of his actors.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...a completely charming film that comes a few inches from being a great one.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A larky throwback to the breakneck screwballs of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges.
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