Since Frazier already sponsors Carter to sell his consumer products, he likes Dodge's idea and decides to back the team. At the same time, Lexie Littleton (ReneeZellweger), intrepid reporter for a Chicago newspaper, is tapped by her editor to get the real story on Carter Rutherford; he has a reliable source that swears Carter didn't actually get a platoon of German soldiers to surrender single-handedly. Lexie gets the real story, but what will happen to Carter, the Duluth Bulldogs, and the new pro league if she publishes it?
While this period piece boasts A-list stars and great production values, and while it certainly will be appreciated by pro football history buffs, there isn't enough material here for a film, and the screenplay is padded with some fairly boring filler including a fistfight between Dodge and Carter. The Clooney-Zellweger romance doesn't really click; there's not much chemistry between the two, and Krasinski's character is barely two-dimensional. Fans of Clooney, Zellweger and Krasinski should enjoy this, others may want to pass.
Labels: comedy, drama, football, romance
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RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=58, viewers=60)