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.
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 · Details
I felt like it fell into the "Hollywood Formula" about half way through the film. It was still good, but I wish they tried harder to make their own movie. Then came the 3rd act, and I was impressed with how well they handled it. It still might have gotten away with going against the Hollywood formula, but they took the extra effort to throw a curve ball to make you CARE about the movie in the end.December 9th, 2014 · Details
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 ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 22nd, 2014 · Details
Even people who know nothing about football are going to love this insiders view which provides even more excitement and electricity than "Money Ball."... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 18th, 2014 · Details
Ultimately, "Draft Day" is for confirmed football fans. Others will wish they had a rulebook to follow all the complex regulations -- as well as a guide to the many cameo appearances by celebrity players and sports announcers... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 15th, 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 ReviewClick here to read the 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 ReviewClick here to read the 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 ReviewClick here to read the full review