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THE BARBERSHOP
MOVIE REVIEW
This week's reviewed movie is:
Leatherheads

GENE

SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

LEATHERHEADS

Leatherheads is a comedy showing the start of professional football and making it an organized sport.

George Clooney stars in and directs this lighthearted comedy of the 1930s and 40s.

What made this film work so well for me was the visual details -- production design, art direction, and the costumes are first rate.

The kicker was the ragtime music throughout the film.

George Clooney is back in the director's seat for this affectionate nod to screwball comedies of the 30s.

It's a nice period piece, complete with witty banter, 20s costumes, and a lively Dixieland soundtrack.

Clooney plays an ex-WW1 hero whose past is about to be scrutinized by Renee Zellweger, an ace reporter with moxie.

Could there be romance in the air? What do you think?

The movie is set during the early days of pro football, before big money and irritating rules changed and, the film argues, ruined the game.

The picture Leatherheads plays out in a sequence of romantic rivalries, on-field scuffles, and backroom maneuvers.

Leave it to the playful George Clooney to find inspiration for his 1920s football farce in this screwball romantic comedy.


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