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'Leatherheads' Continued from page 108 . diminishing field of football teams in 1925. In order to boost sales and escape working in "the real world," ConneUy concocts a plan to enlist a star athlete who has returned from World War I a hero and whose ubiquitous visage is pimped out on more products than Michael Jordan is his prime. But there is a cloud that follows this young hero, Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford (played by "The Office's" John Krasinski), as his military heroics might not be all that it appears. Enter Lexie Littleton (played by perma-puckering Renee Zellweger), a laard-edged moll who's the ace reporter for the local paper intent on cracking the shell of this "Bullet." Her presence sets up a rather static love triangle between he't, the young rising star and the aging Donnelly. While there are moments of back-and-forth ban- ter, a la "Philadelphia Story," little of it lands with the impact Grant and Hepburn so sucdessfully accomplished decades ago. The-chemistry between its romantic leads is so week and pre- dictable, it would be eclipsed by a grade school science fair. After veering from ensemble action comedy to bickering romance, the film takes yet anoth- er curious detour in its final act to comment on American values, the country's need for heroes and how the formality of regulated sports drains the fun out of the game. Clooney has proven himself sure-footed when he's behind the camera in his two previous out- ings, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." But here, he feels completely off balance. It has moments of artistic flourish, but it gets dog- piled under the heft of so many extra slender subplots. In front of the lens, he's as easy- going as ever, slightly summoning a variation on his deft-comedic work in "O Brother, Where Art Thou," and he takes more than a few good-natured jabs at his age, but he can do little to extract much from co-stars Zellweger and Krazinski, who seem unable to establish their footing from one scene to the next. "Leatherheads," though infi- nitely more competent a film, shares much with Will Ferrell's latest amateur-to-pro sports come- dy, "Semi-Pro," in which it Suffers from jarring tonal shifts that ulti- mately hobble it at its knees. It's light enough to keep audi- ences occupied with slight smirks, but like the players on the soggy field in the film's final game, "Leatherheads" becomes too muddied with plot that we are really unable to distinguish just who these people are. For more film fun, visit Rector' s site "Use Soap" at usesoapfiim, CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April U - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 109 We need tng se adop'l" tzs a fake nomea new 00eriend libel BODYPUMP Mon. & Wed. 6 pm THE MOST COWLmm  CLUB AT TIlE BEACH RT. l Mwwm SnotemG , RmOnOTH BEACh, DE" (302) 645-0407 * WWW.MIDWAaTmSS.COM #30 "Onyx" DSH - 8MOS. Male- Black/white #26 "Calvin" DSH- 2YRS. - Male- Tiger terv0000:i00 STORE #204 "Lazy" DSH- 4YRS. - Female Black #138 "Sweetie" Lab X- 2YRS. - Female- Tan All In-S00k NOW Off Still lots left--Have to be out sooner than we thought--SO YOU VE !  t. Boatan animals, fi colleges, military, political and -o much  ! #202 "Bruno" Lab X- 2YRS. - Male - Tan #166 "Gemini" Pit X - 2YRS. - Female- Wh/brown 9P1NO 19 HERE!