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Leatherheads Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

… the words spoken aren't always funny … Read full review

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  • 3.0
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Reproducing a period-piece screwball comedy for a modern audience turns out to be one playful, self-deprecating wink too many for the star, who also directed Leatherheads.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    There's a jaunty score by Randy Newman, and Clooney, as always, has charm to burn, but here, he's off his game.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Clooney, the film's director and star, can't make up his mind how to approach the story. One minute it's a romantic comedy. Then it switches to slapstick, then to screwball comedy before sliding into Frank Capra territory.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    More amiable than witty and relying heavily on the likability and charm of its lead actors, Leatherheads scores more points as a retro romantic comedy than a football saga.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Clooney and Zellweger play off each other perfectly, delivering their dialogue with the rhythm of a well-choreographed dance and falling in love in the time-honored tradition of '40s romantic comedies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Clooney's football comedy isn't quite a touchdown.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that older tweens and teens may be drawn to this 1920s-set romantic comedy by stars George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, and John Krasinski (one of the stars of The Office). It's a fun, fairly tame screwball movie, but it's worth noting that it's set in a time when women were treated as if they weren't equal to men and kids were put to work like adults (and acted like them, too). Also in the name of period accuracy, characters smoke, drink, and swear ("s--t" is the strongest word used). It's all treated with a light touch -- maybe almost too much so; it's frothy and fun, but there's not as much of a bite as it first promises.

  • Families can talk about how Carter's image was shaped. How does Lexie -- and by extension, the media -- change it? Or doesn't she? Who manipulates whom? Can you think of any other press-public figure relationships in the movie that seem distorted? Families can also discuss how football is treated in the movie. Why was college ball so revered but pro football not? Did "classing up" the game ruin it? Last but not least, how does this film seem different from prototypical Hollywood comedies/romantic comedies? How is it similar to them?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Betrayal and deceit are themes that run through the film, since nearly all the leads have a secret up their sleeve. But in the end, they're all quite well-intentioned. A "battle of the sexes" feel permeates here and there.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Men throw punches at each other in bars (breaking glass and bottles and throwing things at each other) and in one all-out, by-the-roadside brawl. Gridiron action as well.

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    Sex: Some subtle sexual repartee and a lingering kiss.

  • language false0

    Language: Mostly words that evoke the era, including "moxie" and "nuts," though there's a sprinkling of "damn," "goddamn," "hell," and "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Period-accurate signage everywhere for brands/products like Bromo-Seltzer, Baby Ruth, Beech-Nut cigarettes (which, as an aside, now makes baby food), Coca-Cola, Standard Oil, etc. Also many shots and mentions of the front page of various Chicago newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in speakeasies (getting soused was outlawed at the time) -- where even children show up. Lots of smoking.

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