A big name cast hones their passing game in this funny romantic comedy based on the humble beginnings of professional football. (And by football I'm referring to the American game where you hardly ever get to hit the ball with your foot)
Renee Zellweger matches George Clooney scene for scene and zinger for zinger, and for the most part the best of the action is between these two instead of on the field. Defense and offense are handled nicely by John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Root.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Tackles, passes, fumbles, fouls, interceptions and cheap shots abound in the movie, and some of them are even on the playing field.
2. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) doggedly and pugnaciously leads the Duluth Bulldogs, even though he ought to be put out to stud.
3. When the league runs out of starch, he gets an idea to recruit a new top dog named Carter (Krasinski), who just happens to be a war hero.
4. As legend has it, Carter single handedly captured a whole platoon of German soldiers, using his bare hands.
5. Reporter Lexie (Zellweger) is out to do a little investigative reporting, and ends up receiving double coverage
6. The introduction of rules ruins pro-football for ever
7. The odds are even that it all comes down to one big game
8. Extra points must be awarded for those tight ends
A most enjoyable period movie, with all the mud-slinging that accompanied the introduction of a rulebook for the gridiron. Worth touching down at the DVD store.