Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. One of pro football's most important days, NFL draft day, is drawing near, but Sonny has much more on his mind than just which players to recruit. His lover (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant, and the team's owner (Frank Langella) wants to fire him. After Sonny accepts a deal with Seattle that nets him that team's first-round pick, he immediately wonders if he has made the right choice for himself and the Browns.
Release Date: April 11, 2014
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So when I say this is worth your time, I mean it is worth your time if you want a good redbox to rent someday that will hold your attention. Going into the movie I had low expectations because this movie looked like a poor mans version of "Moneyball" but just dealing with football. Well it turns out to be pretty much that. But there is enough in it though to keep you entertained.
Like I said this movie is was just OK for me. If your are a die hard NFL fan and love the draft then you will enjoy this film. If you are a Cleveland Browns fan you will enjoy it even more.
This film was originally rated R but won an appeal for PG-13 but it was obviously for language and this film has a lot of it. So wait till redbox in my opinion and I think you will entertained enough that you won't be mad you spent a $1.29 on it.1 Thank ·
I am a football fan by nature, but the girl I saw it with was not. Yet there was more to this show then simply football hype. Kevin Costner, the GM of the browns in this film, is trying to balance several life altering events in his life while also handling his responsibilities on the day of the 2014 NFL draft. There is a surprising amount of humor in the show, which at many times moves along quite slowly and other times very rapidly, eventually building to an appropriate ending. There is nothing to write home about here, but overall it was worth a watch. Most people will probably be content waiting until it hits a Redbox.
Parent's note: rating is due to profanity. Several instances of the Lord's name in vain as well as other curse words, with one very obvious F bomb. Some anger responses as well (throws a computer against a wall), which is overall pretty mild. Some name calling as well.January 30th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
Early in the day, Sonny strikes a deal with the Seattle Seahawks that make the “splash” that ownership wants but costs the team dearly in future draft picks. Has he made a major blunder or is this part of an overall brilliant strategy relying on some luck? Watching it all unfold is riveting and a lot of fun.
Something else that add to this film is the cooperation from the Cleveland Browns and the NFL. Scenes were shot in real settings and at the draft itself. Some of the notable cameos include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, sportscaster Chris Berman, and we even get a scene with legendary Jim Brown. The unprecedented access, the actual folks who steer the NFL and play the game, add credibility to this movie... See Full ReviewApril 22nd, 2014 · Details
here I think it loses some of its strength is in the sidebar stories of Sonny’s personal life issues as he’s dealing with a troubled relationship with girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner) and his strong-willed mother (Ellen Burstyn).
I also think some of his antics during the actual draft were a bit melodramatic and unrealistic, as he masterminds some unbelievable moves, while everyone else is screaming for him to stop.
Still, I think there’s enough, especially early on, for rabid football fans to cling to and enjoy... See Full Review
The script for DRAFT DAY is occasionally plodding and lacking passion. The pacing is slower than one might expect. Also, foul language occurring throughout the movie mars the overall presentation. Although lacking a biblical framework, the movie conveys a strong positive message where moral character, honesty and love are more important than raw talent and the profit motive. Despite the lack of passion, DRAFT DAY is still pleasant, interesting, and informative to watch... See Full Review
...unfortunately the film comes with some other content that may be a problem for family viewers. Sonny’s attempt to keep his affair with a fellow employee secret smacks of irresponsibility, as do his angry outbursts (although they may be understandable considering the stress he’s under.) However the script’s use of frequent and sometimes strong profanities, crude sexual comments and crass anatomical terms may not be so easy for parents to justify. The amount of profanities shouldn’t be a surprise since the studio appealed the movie’s original R-rating for brief strong language in order to get a PG-13 rating. While there’s no doubt that some strong words fly during intense bargaining, the foul language doesn’t add to the storyline. (Too bad the script can’t take some tips from sportscaster Dan Dakich who has his own methods for keeping his language... See Full Review
Weaver is under a lot of pressure. The team’s owner (Frank Langella) and coach (Denis Leary) have their own ideas about what Sonny should do. His much younger girlfriend Ali (Jennifer Garner), who also works for the team, is pregnant. His mother (Ellen Burstyn) thinks that this day is the best time to spread the ashes of his late father on the training field.
If that sounds like it gets pretty soapy, you get the picture.
Nevertheless, the mechanics of the arcane (to non-fans) system are fascinatingly put in place by screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph and then played like a musical instrument by director Ivan Reitman... See Full Review
“Draft Day” is an NFL and ESPN sanctioned dramedy designed to cash in on and
maybe goose interest in the draft, which TV and the league have turned into a
spring spectacle. It doesn’t have a lot of rough edges to it, nothing
unflattering to the league or the cable company in its back pocket, which only
serves to remind us how this sport swallowed American sporting culture
Costner and Garner are good and Langella properly menacing, but Leary has
lost his fastball and seems to be holding something back in his quarrel scenes
with Costner. Costner has to carry the film, which he does. But he hard a time
making this tale of accountants and agents and athletes with off-field issues
exciting... See Full Review
MOST EXCELLENT FOOTBALL DRAFT MOVIE THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE ENDGE OF YOUR SEAT!
MR. COSTNER IS EXCELLENT!!!February 4th, 2014 · Details