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Genre: Romance/Comedy
Starring: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce
Director: George Clooney
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2008



- Trailers
- Deleted Scenes



Languages: English/Thai/Japanese
Subtitles: English/Japanese/Indonesian/
Cantonese/Korean/Mandarin Traditional/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




When veteran football player Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) recruits war hero Carter 'The Bullet' Rutherford, to aid the failing fortunes of his team, he gets far more than he bargains for. With Carter’s arrival comes the smart and sassy newspaper journalist Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), whom is tasked by her Editor to uncover the dirt on Carter and the truth behind his undeserved hero status. Both Carter and Dodge fall deeply for Lexie’s beauty, but only one of them can win the girl. A hilarious, quick-witted romantic comedy, Leatherheads is all about playing dirty and scoring first.


This reviewer remembers the year 2006. 2006 was the year of George Clooney. There was a certain movie entitled Good Night, And Good Luck, which Clooney directed, produced, wrote and starred in. It was one damn fine movie, and who would have thought that one of the Hollywood’s sexiest heartthrobs was so talented? The political film was nominated for a few major awards at 2006’s Academy Awards. Incidentally, 2006 was also the year which Clooney brought home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar statue for his performance in Syriana. So you begin to wonder why Clooney’s next directing effort which he also produced and stars in doesn’t get a theatrical release here.

Maybe it’s because the movie takes place in the 1920s (our parents were probably not born then). Maybe it’s because the movie is set against the backdrop of America's pro-football league (we prefer watching movies with soccer). Maybe it’s because the local distributors just thought that this romantic sports comedy wouldn’t find an audience here (we feel more comfortable watching something we are familiar with).

Clooney plays a team captain of a struggling football league, and he suddenly gets an idea of saving the team by recruiting a college football star who is a national war hero who has captured a platoon of German soldiers. Along comes a pesky reporter (Renee Zellweger in another custom made role) who is determined to get an inside story of this seemingly undeserving war hero. And as you would expect, romance between the three protagonists spark even before you say l-o-v-e.

We are not saying that this is a bad movie, but there is this missing element of engagement in its 113 minute runtime. We can see that Clooney, Zellweger and actors like John Kraskinski (The Holiday, Dreamgirls) and Jonathan Pryce (The New World, Pirates of the Caribbean) turn in fine performances, but the shuffling and meddlesome pace of the movie does not help to keep the fidgety viewer glued to his seat. There is a jazzy soundtrack score courtesy of Randy Newman (Monster’s Inc, Cars), but the fact that the movie cannot decide whether it wants to be a goofy slapstick comedy or a witty period piece does not help to keep the viewer focused on the screen. The production values are commendable, given the attention to details, but the meandering relationships between the characters do not help viewers to care for any of them at all.

The result is a sigh of disappointment that Clooney is capable of so much more, but somehow misfires with this movie, and that we can only wish for more with his future works.


This Code 3 DVD contains eight minutes of Deleted Scenes which involves a fumbling cow and also some casual bantering between the three leads.


The disc has a pristine visual transfer which makes the football scenes look good, while the audio is presented in English, Thai and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks.



Review by John Li


. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

. Miss Potter (2006)

. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)



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