At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
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OK, so this is trying to be Moneyball except about football, right? Problems lying therein: Reitman isn't as good as handling this sort of stuff as Miller; Joseph's dialogue isn't as sharp as Zaillian and Sorkin's, and there's no conceptual hook that's equivalent to sabremetrics.
Nothing special here unfortunately despite a game cast and an earnest script. Costner typecast here but so is Leary and Langella. Best in show besides the interesting, if not a little showy and overwhelming, editing is the supporting turns by Boesman and young Newman as the intern. Reitman plays it too safe here leaving the hitting to cast. Reasonable date flick for the boys and football fans.
As a football fan, I was a bit surprise by the density of the technical aspects of the movie. Nice to see Gruden, Berman and Goodell in their own roles. Clearly addressed to the football fans, but everybody might have a decent amount of fun.
For someone who doesn't watch American Football and knows nothing of the draft system in the U.S. I found this film very entertaining. The fact that it can appeal to anyone with an appreciation of team sports makes it a winner in my book.