On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice.
My Thoughts: Walking in, this film seemed like it would be a hard sell for me. I’m definitely a sports neophyte in general, and specifically with sports like football. Fortunately, as much as this film takes place off the field and in the offices of NFL teams, it doesn’t get bogged down in so much football terminology that it easily loses those not in the know. Instead, the stakes of the film are made human, and focus as much on relationships – professional, familial and romantic – as on the sport itself. My only issue, really, is that sometimes the focus gets away from football a little too much. See: the relationship between Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. Most, if not all, of their subplot could be removed, and the film would feel tighter.