Playing for Keeps


Playing for Keeps

Critics Consensus

Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.



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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. -- (C) Film District

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  • Jan 17, 2015
    Cucu et prà (C)visible
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2013
    Oh my...such low ratings. This was very sweet, and romantic. Typical chick flick stuff. (totally unrelated side note--Gerard Butler is unbelievably hot in this). ;)
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2013
    You really have to wonder what the purpose of most of this movie is witless and the story is impersonal. The film has a large and somewhat talented cast, yes even including Dennis Quaid, but they don't really do anything with them and they, quite frankly, exploit the women in the movie just for George to have some conquests. The lives of these women don't really matter, once George is done with them they're thrown away like trash. It's almost something out of a completely different movie since the story does have to do with George trying to make a better life for his son and that idea is solid, but then he goes around fucking every woman he comes into contact with. I just think they were there to pad the length of the movie, because this parts of the film, with George planting his seed with every woman he comes into contact with, are completely useless in the large scheme of the story. They do tie it to the main story in such a lazy way, it's like why even do it? It's not effective and it only serves to create unnecessary drama. I do like the idea of a man who's been an absentee father almost all his life FINALLY trying to do something for his son, but the execution in this movie is absolutely terrible. Humorless and terrible. If you want to watch a really good romantic comedy, that doesn't treat most of its women characters as sex objects, go watch Celeste and Jesse Forever, that's a great movie. It's not as bad as I was expecting, but it is pretty terrible as nothing really works. If you want something romantic to watch with your significant other, this movie is NOT it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2013
    Adequate but all over the place. The ending is sappy and it wastes several fine actresses in nothing parts.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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