Bweinh! Goes to the Movies — Leatherheads

April 9, 2008, 1:43 pm; posted by
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Sarah and I hit the local theater last night to see George, Renee, and — let\’s face it, John Krasinski (I really miss The Office) — in Leatherheads, which had been touted as a quick-witted romantic comedy. Sure enough, it scored some points.

The story follows the birth of professional football through a scruffy little team called the Duluth Bulldogs, headed up by George Clooney. But the team is headed for the exits until he gets the idea of featuring a star player, who happens to come along in the form of war hero/college star Bullet Rutherford (Krasinski) who may be hiding some secrets from the war. Renee Zellweger plays an ambitious reporter expecting a promotion if she can uncover those secrets, and there\’s our love triangle. Let\’s set our pinball game into motion and see if we rack up any fun.

The main characters were fine; you just cannot go wrong with George and Renee and their dialogue. It was well-written and fast paced, taking me back to the Groucho Marx/Cary Grant era of verbal sparring that was just so much fun to experience. Cool! Extra ball!

But there was something lacking in the Rutherford character. Krasinski lacks the charisma of a true movie star; when he\’s not smiling, he tends to disappear into the background, something that just doesn\’t happen with Clooney. Still like John better, though. Even worse, when it came to the climax of the story, we couldn\’t decide who to root for! Bullet hadn\’t really done anything wrong, but the reporter hadn\’t either — so what were we to do? This whole part needed a rewrite. Sarah and I are available. Lose a turn…

Ultimately, we enjoyed the movie a lot, although at 1:54, it could have been about 15 or 20 minutes shorter. So I\’m taking the letters E and I from “edit” out of Bweinh!, and only giving it a five out of seven for a final rating of “Bwnh!” Game over.


3 Comments to “Bweinh! Goes to the Movies — Leatherheads”

  1. Sarizzle. on April 9th, 2008 10:48 pm

    I wouldn’t even give it 5. Like 4.5 at the most. Seriously. I thought it would be hilarious because of the commercials but they used all the funny parts in the commercials so I was let down. Boo!

  2. Connie on April 10th, 2008 9:39 am

    Sarizzle isn’t a big movie star fan though…I doubt she even knows who Cary Grant is.

  3. MC-B on April 13th, 2008 8:41 pm

    Lose a turn? Is this “Wheel of Fortune” pinball? In that case, I think everybody loses.

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