I found this 2008 movie at the library and thought I’d better add it to the list.
Zellweger plays Lexie Littleton, a hot-shot journalist on the Chicago Tribune in the 1920s. She meets Dodge Connelly (Clooney) when he comes to town on special business – to take professional football and his struggling team to the next level. Connelly organises a deal to have the young war hero and ex-college player, Carter Rutherford (Krasinski), play for the Duluth Bulldogs.
Lexie goes along on tour with the team in order to investigate Carter’s war story. Is he really a hero, or is it all a sham?
As Lexie gets to know both men, you wonder who it is that she’ll fall for – will it be Dodge who’s nearing the end of his career, or the young show-stopper Carter, who’s at the beginning of his?
I quite enjoyed the historical aspects of this film, the beginnings of professional football. But I’m not a great fan of women being plonked into a film as the ‘love interest’. Although Zellweger did a great job as the sassy professional woman, there wasn’t a lot to engage with, and I didn’t think it was a particularly great film for Clooney. I was so non-plussed about this flick that I can’t even decide whether I liked it or not.