"Leatherheads" *** (out of four): George Clooney's goofy ode to the origins of professional football is nothing short of an old-fashioned screwball comedy. And a pretty good one at that.
George Clooney likes to make 'em like they used to. Whether he's recreating McCarthy-era paranoia with 2005's brilliant "Good Night, and Good Luck", knocking off classic noir with his buddy Steven Soderbergh in 2006's "The Good German", remaking a cold war classic with the 2000 TV-movie "Fail Safe" or harking back to 70s anti-hero thrillers with "Michael Clayton", Mr. Clooney has proven himself time and again to have a discerning cinematic palette. With "Leatherheads", a goofy ode to the origins of professional football, Mr. Clooney directs, produces and stars in what is essentially an old-fashioned screwball comedy. And it's a pretty good one at that.