The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Set in the 1920s, this flick fol­lows Dodge Con­nolly (Ge­orge Clooney, above), an age­ing pro­fes­sional foot­baller play­ing in an era when foot­ball had no money, no crowds and no rules. Dodge plays for the Du­luth Bulldogs and when the team goes broke he feels he has to do some­thing to save it and the game. In­spi­ra­tion comes in the shape of all-Amer­i­can hero Carter “The Bul­let” Rutherford (John Krasin­ski), a star foot­ball player at Prince­ton Col­lege, play­ing in a league that draws the big crowds and the big spon­sors. But a Chicago news­pa­per ed­i­tor (Jack Thompson) and his ace re­porter Lexie Lit­tle­ton (Re­nee Zell­weger) are out to prove the war hero might be a fake. Lexie’s chas­ing Carter for the story, Carter’s chas­ing Lexie for the com­pany, and Dodge is chas­ing ev­ery­one just for fun. The cos­tumes are great, some of the mi­nor characters are lovable, but Clooney’s at­tempt to bring back the clas­sic screw­ball come­dies of the past falls short. ★★✩

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