But “cute” is the best way to describe the film. It wasn’t great and didn’t do anything spectacular, but it flowed nicely and was upbeat enough to hold the audience’s attention. I loved the love triangle between the three main stars and it worked very nicely as a counter to the football drama. There was a scene on a train between Clooney and Zellweger that was straight out of a Billy Wilder film. In another film, I’d say it was “stolen”, but in this one, it was clear from the beginning that Clooney wanted to pay homage to those great films and I think he did a fine job of doing just that.
I was concerned that John Kasinski wouldn’t be able to hold his own alongside Clooney and Zellweger, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that he was up to the challenge. As a director, Clooney was careful not to put him in a situation he couldn’t handle and for the most part, he managed to get the most out of his young star. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he was surrounded by talent. If anything, I found Clooney to be the weakest point and at times I thought he tried too hard to be funny by making funny faces and over exaggerating his mannerisms.
Football’s Beginning (6:16): This is advertised as a “making-of” featurette, but it was actually a lot more. They talked more about the era of the 20’s and the lengths they went through in order to recreate it as accurately as possible. It was interesting and short enough to keep your attention.
No Pads, No Fear (9:13): This one focused entirely on football and the differences in the game over the past 90 years or so. They actually hired a historian to recreate some of the plays and they tried to stay true to the game as much as they could. I’m a huge football fan, so I enjoyed this one.
George Clooney; A Leatherheaded Prankster (3:30): I want to tell you what Clooney did, but if I do, it will ruin it. So all I’ll say is that this is worth the watch. It turns out to be pretty funny.
Deleted Scenes (7:56): These fall into the category of good, but not important. I’m glad they were cut because I felt the film was a little long, but I liked these scenes and I’m glad they were included on the DVD.
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