Playing For Keeps

Playing For Keeps
Playing For Keeps
  • PG-13
  • 1h 46m
  • 2012
Rotten4%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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George (Gerard Butler) is a retired soccer pro whose glory days are behind him. Burnt out on his playboy lifestyle and bankrupted by a string of bad investments, he moves back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and neglected son (Noah Lomax). Making up for lost time, George starts to coach the boys' soccer team. But can he keep his eyes on the goal when the bleachers are stacked with sexy soccer moms and desperate housewives?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten4%
Critics Consensus: Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.
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Time Out
Anna Smith
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Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose.

June 22, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
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Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's ne...

June 22, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Bilge Ebiri
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These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Ho-hum sports romcom lacks both laughs and chemistry.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Playing for Keeps is a romantic comedy about a faded former soccer star (Gerard Butler) who ends up coaching a youth soccer team in an effort to reconcile with his 9-year-old son after years of being an absentee dad. There are several scenes with people drinking (and sometimes getting a bit tipsy) and a moderate amount of swearing (including "s--t"). Some of the soccer moms pursue George quite aggressively and are anything but subtle about their intentions -- up to and including one who sneaks into his bedroom and strips down to her underwear while waiting for him to come home. Expect some kissing and the implication of a sexual hook-up, but nothing graphic is shown on-screen. While the movie has worthwhile themes about the importance of teamwork, parenting, and responsibility, women are mostly portrayed as needy and manipulative, which undercuts the positive take-away.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:December 7, 2012
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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