Playing for Keeps
Long past his soccer-playing heyday, George Dryer (Gerard Butler) is struggling financially and failing in his attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), and young son, Lewis (Noah Lomax). When Lewis' soccer team has an opening for a coach, George steps up. Not only is George a big hit with the children, but he also attracts lots of attention from some of the players' single and unhappily married mothers (Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, Gerard Butler
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I expected to sit down to a feel–good family film about a Dad and his son bonding through soccer. While sure our hero will figure out his priorities and make that winning goal in the end, it’s pretty annoying that most of his set–backs and a large amount of the movie itself have to do with these aggressive women throwing themselves at him. I mean, hey, I’m all for Girl Power and all that, but ladies, lets practice some restraint and have a little respect for a guy trying to turn things around? Performances were excellent though and you will certainly feel good in the end and find yourself smiling when George finally decides to grow up and put his child first... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewJanuary 2nd, 2014 · Details
Surprised this got panned so much. I'm not saying it was great, but who doesn't like a story about a dad that finally wakes up to what's important in life. Not a great movie but worth a watch.December 31st, 2013 · Details
What feels decidedly odd during the course of "Playing for Keeps" is that George has no apparent response to these repeated seduction attempts. The film makes the reason for that obvious in the fullness of time, and it should be obvious to you as you're watching, but I suppose it ventures into spoiler territory. One thing it isn't is a surprise... Read the full review hereClick here to read the full review
Gerard Butler's irresistible brogue, an ensemble cast of veterans and a promising young actor can't keep an artificial and formulaic rom-com from sinking to the depths... the sappy plot of this formulaic romantic comedy is just as silly as its inane attempts at farce... Read full review hereClick here to read the full review
...isn‚Äôt content just to be a generic romantic comedy... not only is it not funny and not particularly romantic, it treats women like idiots... The romance is predictable. The laughs are few and far between... Read the full review hereClick here to read the full review
Playing for Keeps is a sloppy, poorly focused comedy that wants to be about the relationship between a father and his 9-year old son but ends up being about nearly everything else... it doesn't do much right. It's inert and forgettable with too little buoyancy to keep it afloat with so many bigger and more substantive motion pictures surrounding it... Read the full review hereClick here to read the full review
Sometimes it swerves toward farce, sometimes into the zone of smiley family comedy and at other times into full-on weepiness. None of it is especially credible or engaging... Read full review hereClick here to read the full review
Low-key and mostly amiable, "Playing for Keeps" makes a positive impression but not a very deep or lasting one... The film contains an implied nonmarital encounter, brief nongraphic sexual activity, fleeting gory images and some crude and crass language... Read full review hereClick here to read the full review