IN THE BEGINNING, THE RULES WERE SIMPLE. THERE WEREN’T ANY.
In 1925, football player Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly (George Clooney) tries to make the struggling game popular by finding new sponsors and bringing a war hero (John Krasinski) on the team. Clooney’s third film as a director is an obvious attempt to create a screwball comedy. He’s spent so much energy on the concept however that he’s forgotten a simple thing – those films shouldn’t be much longer than 90 minutes. There is much to like here on a technical level, but it’s harder to fall in love with the characters and there are few real laughs.
2008-U.S. 113 min. Color. Directed by George Clooney. Cast: George Clooney (Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly), Renée Zellweger (Lexie Littleton), John Krasinski (Carter Rutherford), Jonathan Pryce, Peter Gerety, Jack Thompson.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Sydney Pollack.