Parental Guidance: Playing for Keeps and The Dark Knight Rises

Check out our rundown of what is (and isn't) kid-friendly this week.

This week in new family films, we've got a sports flick, a superhero blockbuster, and a fantasy film. The week's lone wide release in theaters is Playing for Keeps, starring Gerard Butler as a desirable soccer coach. On DVD, we've got The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a modern fairy tale about a mysterious boy. Read on to find out what's appropriate for family viewing.

In Theaters This Week:

Playing for Keeps

4%

What's it about? Gerard Butler stars as a washed-up soccer star who tries to bond with his son by coaching his junior league soccer team; soon, the other players' moms are looking to score with the coach.

Who's it for? It's rated PG-13 for "for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image." Despite a sports angle, it's mostly about a divorced dad hitting the dating scene, which will probably have limited appeal for kids and teens.

Is it any good? The critics say Playing for Keeps is largely a missed opportunity; its talented cast is squandered on a mediocre script.

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New On DVD:

The Dark Knight Rises

88%

What's it about? With Batman (Christian Bale) in self-imposed exile, a couple of costumed criminals -- cat burglar Selina Kyle and the muscle-bound terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) have run wild in Gotham City.

Who's it for? It's rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." The Dark Knight Rises is far too dark and violent for small children: Bane is straight out of your kids' nightmares, and the movie is filled with fighting, death, and destruction.

Is it any good? The Dark Knight Rises is a rousing and emotionally satisfying conclusion to Christopher Nolan's exemplary Batman trilogy that features fine performances, visceral thrills, and stunning visuals.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

33%

What's it about? Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star as a childless couple that is visited one stormy night by a lad with leaves on his legs.

Who's it for? It's rated PG for "for mild thematic elements and brief language." Younger viewers will probably find it to be both dark and sad, if these kids are any indication.

Is it any good? Critics found The Odd Life of Timothy Green to be a well-meaning but schmaltzy and thinly scripted fantasy.

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Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I wish there were more awards season features this year other than this.

Alas, it's a good excuse to laugh at Gerard Butler.

Dec 5 - 04:57 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Second that. Some award season love would be greatly appreciated RT :D

Dec 5 - 08:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well "Playing For Keeps" may be the top contender for some Razzie Awards, we should be looking forward to seeing that!

Dec 6 - 01:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It'll be neck-and-neck with his Katherine Heigl film earlier this year. Maybe he should get a "special" award.

Dec 6 - 02:04 PM

Zane M.

Zane Morrow

Razzie Awards are fake, get smarter

Dec 6 - 08:05 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, if the Razzie Awards are good enough to be acknowledged here on RT as well as other media outlets then they're good enough to be mentioned here! And it's not like you don't pay any attention to the Razzie awards, and even if you don't others have so you don't really have a case here!

What "you" deemed to be fake does not make it worth mentioning to someone else. Actress Halle Berry picked up her razzie award for starring in Catwoman, as well as holding up her Oscar at the same time for Monster's Ball meaning that the response is positive!

Dec 7 - 02:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Razzies are real. The may not be serious or respectable, but there is an actual piece of plastic that they hand out. Sandra Bullock, Tom Green, and Halle Berry showed up to collect theirs.

Dec 8 - 07:44 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Second that. Some award season love would be greatly appreciated RT :D

Dec 5 - 08:54 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

I've always found commonsensemedia.org to give the best parental reviews on movies and other media (not to knock RT)

Dec 5 - 10:35 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Butler will star in anything, he is like the Nicolas Cage of ROM-COMs.

Dec 5 - 11:45 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

Just watched Dark Knight Rises for the first time last night. It was a very good film. I am actually having trouble ranking it in the trilogy. I guess I would go 1,3,2. My only issue with the movie was the ending, wanted to get to see Robin or Nightwing. Also Anne Hathaway was smoking.

Dec 6 - 09:17 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Smoking Lucky Stripes?

Dec 6 - 12:43 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

SPOILERS

Technically, we did see Robin in John Blake's character. We just didn't see Robin IN ACTION, which is fine with me.

Dec 7 - 01:11 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Smoking Lucky Stripes?

Dec 6 - 12:43 PM

Dave J

Dave J

One consolation about "Playing For Keeps" is that it's going to be tops for the razzie awards! And what a stupid plot single moms with kids wanting to score with ego-maniac washed up wealthy soccer player, can viewers relate to this!

Dec 6 - 01:51 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well "Playing For Keeps" may be the top contender for some Razzie Awards, we should be looking forward to seeing that!

Dec 6 - 01:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It'll be neck-and-neck with his Katherine Heigl film earlier this year. Maybe he should get a "special" award.

Dec 6 - 02:04 PM

Zane M.

Zane Morrow

Razzie Awards are fake, get smarter

Dec 6 - 08:05 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, if the Razzie Awards are good enough to be acknowledged here on RT as well as other media outlets then they're good enough to be mentioned here! And it's not like you don't pay any attention to the Razzie awards, and even if you don't others have so you don't really have a case here!

What "you" deemed to be fake does not make it worth mentioning to someone else. Actress Halle Berry picked up her razzie award for starring in Catwoman, as well as holding up her Oscar at the same time for Monster's Ball meaning that the response is positive!

Dec 7 - 02:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Razzies are real. The may not be serious or respectable, but there is an actual piece of plastic that they hand out. Sandra Bullock, Tom Green, and Halle Berry showed up to collect theirs.

Dec 8 - 07:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It'll be neck-and-neck with his Katherine Heigl film earlier this year. Maybe he should get a "special" award.

Dec 6 - 02:04 PM

Zane M.

Zane Morrow

Razzie Awards are fake, get smarter

Dec 6 - 08:05 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, if the Razzie Awards are good enough to be acknowledged here on RT as well as other media outlets then they're good enough to be mentioned here! And it's not like you don't pay any attention to the Razzie awards, and even if you don't others have so you don't really have a case here!

What "you" deemed to be fake does not make it worth mentioning to someone else. Actress Halle Berry picked up her razzie award for starring in Catwoman, as well as holding up her Oscar at the same time for Monster's Ball meaning that the response is positive!

Dec 7 - 02:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Razzies are real. The may not be serious or respectable, but there is an actual piece of plastic that they hand out. Sandra Bullock, Tom Green, and Halle Berry showed up to collect theirs.

Dec 8 - 07:44 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

SPOILERS

Technically, we did see Robin in John Blake's character. We just didn't see Robin IN ACTION, which is fine with me.

Dec 7 - 01:11 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, if the Razzie Awards are good enough to be acknowledged here on RT as well as other media outlets then they're good enough to be mentioned here! And it's not like you don't pay any attention to the Razzie awards, and even if you don't others have so you don't really have a case here!

What "you" deemed to be fake does not make it worth mentioning to someone else. Actress Halle Berry picked up her razzie award for starring in Catwoman, as well as holding up her Oscar at the same time for Monster's Ball meaning that the response is positive!

Dec 7 - 02:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Razzies are real. The may not be serious or respectable, but there is an actual piece of plastic that they hand out. Sandra Bullock, Tom Green, and Halle Berry showed up to collect theirs.

Dec 8 - 07:44 PM

B D.

B Daubach

Playing For Keeps is not bad, but it's so predictable that it is kind of hard to enjoy the film as you exactly know how the film will end!
The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is definetly worth a rental if you haen't seen it yet!
it is sad, but entertaining! It may be a little too melodramtic and adn a little bit slow in the first 15 minutes, but once Timothy comes into the life of Cindy(played by Jennifer Garner) and Jim(played by Joel Edgerton), that's where the movie gets really great! zIt's a great movie that is both beautiful, endearing, inspiring, uplifting, and quite sad, heart-breaking and extremly well-done, terrifically directed, decently acted with interesting cinemstogoraphy and a plot that's just beyond weird, but it's done very well and very beautifully!

Dec 11 - 06:36 PM

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