ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Draft Day

Updated on May 8, 2014

Draft Day

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writers: Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph

Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Chris Berman, Dave Donaldson, Patrick St. Esprit, Chi McBride, Tom Welling, Mel Kiper, Jon Gruden, Terry Crews, Deion Sanders, Mike Mayock, Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Goldhammer, Chadwick Boseman, Sam Elliott, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Sean Combs, Josh Pence, Ellen Burstyn, Russ Brandon, Marc Honan, Roger Goodell, John Heffernan, Rebecca Haarlow, Ray Lewis, Rosanna Arquette, Margot Danis, Jennifer McMahan, Sophie Guest, Jim Brown, Ken Fiore, Joel Bussert, Frank Supovitz, Sammy Choi, Jeff Darlington, Mike Florio, Alex Marvez, Seth Wickersham, Bernie Kosar, Monique Brown, Phil Taylor, T.J. Ward, D'Qwell Jackson, Andre Bello

Synopsis: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references

Stevennix2001's Rating:

8.0 / 10


- NFL clips and ESPN cameos were a nice touch

- Acting was good

- Story was fairly decent, as it carries a lot of deep themes about the daily struggles we all go through in life.

- Humor was funny


- Story is a bit predictable

- Still has a lot of cliches sprinkled throughout the film

The Greatest Victories Don't Always Happen on the Field

Are you ready for some football!?! Oh wait, I'm sorry. I forgot I'm not here to talk about the NFL (short for National Football League). No, I'm here to review "Draft Day." No, I'm not talking about the actual NFL draft day either. I'm talking about the movie called "Draft Day." Although this film has been getting some positive buzz, as I think one critic even claimed this was one of the best sports films of all time. However, I'm here to tell all my readers that isn't case. Don't get me wrong, "Draft Day" is still a pretty good movie in it's own right. Hell, I certainly enjoyed it, but I wouldn't say it's one of the best sports movies of all time.

As one can tell from the title of the movie, and considering it's about the NFL, then it should be pretty obvious the film is about some team trying to get lucky in the draft. As all sporting fans know, all team sports have a draft, where each team selects various players from college to play for them. Dreams are made, and crushed. Dynasties are born, while other teams end up looking like donkeys.

Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, whom seem to be going through a rebuilding year. Forced to make a big splash in this year's NFL draft, or else he'll be fired. Sonny tries to do whatever it takes to use this draft to create a winning team that he wants, while trying to appease his eccentric boss, and an over zealous coach that are constantly preaching into his ear about what they want.

Meanwhile, he's having to deal with the fact that his father died fairly recently, who used to be the coach of the Browns. Oddly enough, he was forced to fire his father before he died for undisclosed reasons that are revealed later on in the movie. I won't spoil it for my readers, but let's just say it's one of the more touching parts of the film and I'll leave it at that.

And to add even more drama to Sonny's life, he's been dating the team's accountant secretly for years. However, like all women in these kind of movies, she doesn't want to keep their relationship a secret anymore, and it obviously puts a lot of pressure on Sonny to change.

On the surface, it seems like "Draft Day" tries to emulate "Moneyball" in a lot of ways, as it shows more of the business aspects of a sport. Showing us what goes on behind the scenes, and how these deals get made. However, it's surprisingly a lot more than that.

As we watch the movie, it's fairly obvious that "Draft Day" is meant to play out as a drama about a man struggling to deal with his daily problems, in his personal and professional life. At times, Sonny even doubts himself on whether or not he's even capable of overcoming these overwhelming circumstances, which is relatable in a lot of ways. After all, I'm sure many of my readers had to deal with adversity at some point in their lives, while being forced to deal with whatever problems they have at work on top of that.

Kevin Costner comes across as endearing and sympathetic. He doesn't show a lot of emotional range in this, but he doesn't have to. He carries with him a quiet dignity, and inner turmoil that makes the viewer can't help but root for him. Frank Langella does a terrific job in his part, and Dennis Leary plays the part of the over zealous coach like nobody's business. His smart a** attitude meshes well with Kevin Costner's laid back personality perfectly, as the two balance each other out.

As for Jennifer Garner's performance, I thought she played her part rather well. The only real problem I had with her character was that she was practically a "Mary Sue." No matter what happened in the movie, she was always the voice of reason. Never losing her cool, or anything. Not saying it's a bad thing, but it just makes her seem more like a role model kind of character, and not one that you could relate to.

As for the rest of the film, I thought it was handled fairly well. It's a bit predictable at times, as you can tell exactly where the story is going to go. Not to mention, you have all the stereotypical Hollywood cliches being sprinkled throughout this film. However, it's never enough to ruin the movie. Plus, the humor was pretty funny; along with adding NFL clips, and ESPN cameos, that were a nice touch.

Overall, I wouldn't say "Draft Day" is by any means a great movie, but it's certainly interesting to watch if you have enough money to see it in theaters.

© 2014 Steven Escareno


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)