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A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.

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George is a former professional soccer star who's moved to Virginia to be close to his ex-wife and son. He's broke, jobless, without a plan, and a constant source of disappointment to his son. When he takes over as his son's soccer coach, he has a new connection to the lad. He also gets the attention of three of the players' moms as well as the glad hand of a wealthy dad. His ex-wife's getting married, he has a lead on a sportscasting job, and he finds new ways to disappoint his son. Is there any way he can sort things out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image | See all certifications »

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7 December 2012 (USA)  »

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Playing the Field  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,750,288 (USA) (7 December 2012)

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$13,101,142 (USA) (15 February 2013)
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The story that George tells at the party about meeting the queen in the locker room, is the real story about the Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol. He met the queen of Spain after winning the world championship semi-finals coming out of the shower See more »

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The Alfa Romeo that the star, Gerard Butler, drives has two different type of wheels on the car. In the beginning and the end, they are the same. In the middle the car has different wheels. See more »

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More Hallmark Made for TV movie than big screen production
7 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedy. Say it with me. Romantic comedy. Former star athlete, broken marriage, cute kid. Lots of sexual tension. I wanted to laugh at the many of what I thought were funny lines, but I wasn't feeling it from the rest of the audience. Although the movie was entertaining, there was something lacking in the script that made this all-star cast of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Judy Greer seem more satirical in their overstated roles. Jessica Biel was the stable force playing the the former wife of the soccer great. Gerard Butler was believable as the former star now struggling to find his spot in a second career after sports.

Overall I thought it was enjoyable. The movie did not drag and had some great feel good moments. However I thought I was watching a made for TV movie. The story was very predictable as are most of your romantic comedies.


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