George Clooneys third directorial effort is a well-meaning dud. This fictional look at the rise of professional football in the early 20th centuryand an attempted homage to screwball comediesdoesnt gel and feels rather haphazard. Clooney plays a football-team owner looking to recruit the nations greatest college player (John Krasinski) to raise his teams profile and game attendance. Unfortunately, the script is dull, and when performers like Clooney and Renée Zellweger try to engage in zippy exchanges, they fall flat. Clooney wants his movie to be too many things at once, and he doesnt succeed. Zellweger is a total bore, and the film is an expensive, unimpressive effort to impress.