Draft Day

Posted on April 18, 2014

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Draft Day – I know basically nothing about football and care even less, but I liked this movie. Kevin Costner (Sonny Weaver, Jr.) is following in his recently deceased dad’s footsteps as manager of the Cleveland Browns. The team hasn’t won in a long time. Sonny is angry and floundering, he has a pregnant girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner), lawyer for the team but seems to run the office, too; his coach has no faith in him at all. Sonny gets the opportunity to draft the number one QB from the Seattle Seahawks – Bo Callahan (Josh Pence) – if he gives up his first round draft picks for the next three years. He takes the offer but his gut keeps telling him to go a different way.

There’s no football action. It’s all about putting a team together and it’s done in a really interesting, thoughtful way. It builds slowly up to a big “yes” with a fist pump. One little scene with Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman) reminds you a bit of Cuba Gooding Jr. in The Color of Money. And there’s a nerdy intern who provides humor. Many names here – Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Sam Elliott, Sean Combs aka P. Diddy and a lot of real life players and team managers that sports fans will recognize. Costner has made a golf movie (Tin Cup), and a baseball movie (Field of Dreams). What’s next – tennis, soccer, snow skiing?

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