Draft Day

Essentially a giant promo for the annual NFL draft, this rote drama appeals to fans by liberally employing all the familiar trademarks, team logos, and broadcast personalities. A first-year general manager (Kevin Costner), stressed by the responsibility of landing the best players for his team, grapples with issues both professional (difficult coworkers, pompous draftees) and personal (bitter girlfriend, overbearing mother—women, right?). Screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph seem to have modeled their script on Moneyball (2011), but here the mixture of pathos and business dealings falls flat, mostly because the film asks us to sympathize with people who don’t have any actual problems. Ivan Reitman directed, routinely as ever; with Denis Leary, Frank Langella, and Jennifer Garner.