Clooney starred in and directed this lighthearted romantic comedy set in Minnesota in 1925 during the earliest days of pro football, when the only rule was no rule at all. Clooney played an aging football hero with the Duluth Bulldogs who finds himself in competition with football's shining star and a World War I hero (John Krasinski). The target of their desire? A snappy-pattered reporter played by Renée Zellweger. The role fit Clooney like a comfortable rumpled suit. Not only did he look great in 1920s togs -- especially that very cool leather jacket -- the slapstick high jinks and romantic wordplay with Zellweger recalled the comedic timing of Clark Gable, Cary Grant and even William Powell.
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