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Bettie's Box Office:Draft Day Review
Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:34 PM CDT
Kevin Costner has a winning record when it comes to sports movies: Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, For Love of the Game and even Tin Cup. But there won't be any trophies for his NFL football flick, Draft Day.
Costner plays Sonny Weaver, Jr., the down and out General Manager for the Cleveland Browns. The team's in a slump, his father - also the former beloved coach of the team - has just died, and now, his secret girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) who also works in the team's main office, has announced she's pregnant.
The sports radio shows are calling for Weaver's head and his new coach (played to arrogant perfection by Denis Leary) is threatening to walk out. Oh, by the way, it's all taking place on the day of the NFL draft. Weaver gets suckered into a deal, trading for the #1 overall pick, but is it really the right choice?
Football fanatics may find some drama in all of the backdoor deals and betrayals that take place while teams are "on the clock," but I never really felt much tension in the storylines or satisfaction in the ending.
Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, I'd say wait for the DVD. Draft Day just doesn't stack up to the other gritty NFL movies like Any Given Sunday or Invincible and it doesn't have the humor of football movies like Jerry Maguire or the classic North Dallas Forty. Like a great athlete, Costner will just have to rest on his sports movie laurels for the time being.
Draft Day opens Friday, April 11 and is rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references.