Cast: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger and John Krasinski
Script: Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly
Director: George Clooney
Rating: PG-13 For offensive language
Following the tremendous success of Good Night and Good Luck with both critics and audiences, the world has been anxiously awaiting George Clooney’s return to the director’s chair. Unfortunately his new comedy, Leatherheads, fails to live up to the hype.
This time around, Clooney, who stars in the film alongside Renée Zellweger and John Krasinski, has opted to make a comedy set in the 1920’s that chronicles the early years of America’s novice professional football league. The film has its moments and, without a doubt, will make you smile more than once, but the experience in general is not particularly memorable.
The truth is that Leatherheads is not very interesting –even if you’re a die-hard football fanatic. And it doesn’t work as a romantic comedy either. Although we know that George Clooney and Renée Zellweger are good friends in real life, on the big screen they have no chemistry at all and, frankly, we don’t care if they end up together in the end. John Krasinski, one of the stars of the TV comedy series The Office, has some funny scenes in the film, but not even his immense talent can make this an engaging movie experience.
Thanks to poor casting and an even poorer script, Leatherheads is a film that you can wait to see on DVD. Or better yet, catch on television.