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Pleasantly old-fashioned comedy about the world of mid-twenties pro-football featuring George Clooney and Renée Zellweger trading snappy dialogue like movie stars of yore. Speakeasy fisticuffs, big guys who knock the umpire into the mud, and a bogus war hero (John Krasinski) who also falls for the dame provide good-natured slapstick. Includes a bona fide newspaper headline montage, the judge from The Wire as first football commissoner, and Clooney/Zellweger riding an ancient motorbike with sidecar. One could do worse with an April studio movie. Opens Friday.

Leatherheads. George Clooney, 2008. ***