Playing for Keeps – Movie Review

Gerard Butler is in a romantic comedy. Not much more needs to be said. Last time we had that combination we got the god awful The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston. Now we have him teamed up with Catherine Zeta Jones, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, and Judy Greer. Despite that sizzling cast, this is about as cold as a rom-com can get. Butler is about the only thing that even attempts to hold this movie up, giving something that I would say is almost a performance, but it falls flat underneath all of the other garbage that apparently thinks it is entertaining. After his character, a once great soccer player, takes over the coaching position of his son’s soccer team, all the moms decide they want a piece of that. While having many girls throwing themselves at him, Butler must stretch his arm through the crowd to reach his ex-wife and hopefully reconnect. And, as with every other clichéd romantic drama, there has to be a new boyfriend on the verge of marrying her but will, out of the greatness of his heart, permit her to marry the ex in the end. Really? Dennis Quaid comes onto the screen, overacting in all of his scenes, becoming an annoyance. The filmmakers somehow got ESPN to endorse this film, with SportsCenter making an actual appearance, and then, once they move past that, they show that these guys have absolutely no idea how the sports reporting business works. Its almost as if they didnt even read into the business before making this film. It all feels artificial. This movie is predictable, sloppy, gross, and lazy. I can think of nothing in this film that I liked. The only advice I have for you is to just steer clear of Playing For Keeps. It’s filmmaking at its worst.

Grade: F

Run Time: 100 mins

Rated: PG-13 for some sexual situations, language, and a brief intense image

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta Jones, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Noah Lomax, and Dennis Quaid

Written by: Robbie Fox

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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