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Playing for Keeps
This Holiday Season, What Do You Really Want?
2D

Playing for Keeps

English
ComedyRomantic
07 Dec, 2012
1 hrs 45 mins
43%
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Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in `Playing For Keeps` a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy`s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an `adult` are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive `soccer moms` who pursue him at every turn. `Playing For Keeps` is directed by Gabriele Muccino, the director of `The Pursuit of Happyness`.
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How anyone can rope in so many charming actors and yet make such an unremarkable film is the one single thought thats going through your head as you watch Playing For Keeps. This inoffensive but formulaic romantic comedy squanders away the talents of its sexy cast by trapping them in such a predictable script.Gerard Butler stars as George Dryer, a former soccer-star who relocates to a suburb in Virginia to make amends with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and their nine-year-old son. Desperately broke, George grabs the opportunity to coach his son`s soccer team, but finds himself becoming popular with the kids` moms, who throw themselves at him shamelessly. Among these is a clingy divorcee (Judy Greer), a rich housewife trapped in a loveless marriage (Uma Thurman), and a well-connected temptress (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who offers to hook him up with an ESPN sports-casting job. ...Read full review
Playing for Keeps is a decent one-time watch only for the very gorgeous Gerard Butler. The film not only revolves around but also depends solely on his `sex appeal` and it scores there. On the flipside, the rom-com/chick-flick is way too formulaic, cliched and predictable for your liking. Various women get cozy with George but there is no surprise element as to who gets him. There is no drama or twists andturns to the story. You don`t sympathize with poor chick-magnet George. A lack of depth to the characters makes you feel indifferent towards them. The bonding between the father and son is not explored much either. ...Read full review
Some raunch turns out to be the only unusual element in the plot about the shifting balance of power between a down-on-his luck soccer star (Butler) and his ex-wife (Biel). ...Read full review