Playing for Keeps (2012)

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Critic 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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$13,099,786.00
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Cast

Jessica Biel
as Stacie
Judy Greer
as Barb
Uma Thurman
as Patti
Gerard Butler
as George
Kimberly Hawthorne
as ESPN Receptionist
Sean O'Bryan
as Assistant Coach Jacob
Adam Kulbersh
as ESPN Studio Technician
Jody Lambert
as ESPN Male Executive
Joe Chrest
as Referee
Aidan Potter
as Hunter
Jason George
as Chip Johnston
Igbal Theba
as Param
Jesse De Luna
as Desk Sergeant
Nicki Buggs
as Mom #3
Gerry May
as Sports Anchor
Jon Mack
as Connie
Noah Lomax
as Lewis
Grant Collins
as Griffin
Mike Martindale
as Coach Len
Soumia Aakaboune
as Aracelli
Aisha Kabia
as ESPN Woman Executive
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Critic Reviews for Playing for Keeps

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (32)

Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting?

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it.

Full Review… | December 10, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
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I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ...

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Village Voice
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Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Playing for Keeps

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Adequate but all over the place. The ending is sappy and it wastes several fine actresses in nothing parts.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

There are some big actors in this movie and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to watch the movie. But even they couldn't save the film. It's not the best movie I have seen come from the actors, but still not the worse. The movie is quite predictable and one of those cookie cutter rom-coms that I tend to loathe so much. But still, it wasn't eye rolling worthy so I have to give it a little bit of props. It's a cute film but nothing special going on here. It's probably not something I would see again.

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