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Playing for Keeps (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 7 December 2012 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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

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Playing the Field  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,750,288 (USA) (9 December 2012)

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$13,101,142 (USA) (17 February 2013)
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When George drives home in Dave's Ferrari, Param corners him about his unpaid rent. George whips out the envelope stuffed with cash, counts out what he thinks is $900 (actually it's $1000), and hands the money to Param, leaving some money still in his (George's) hand. Other than Param returning the extra $100 later that night, we never see nor hear about the rest of that money. See more »

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Written by Charlie McCoy and Kent Westberry
Performed by Terraplane Sun
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7 December 2012 | by (Portland) – See all my reviews

I came, I sat, I watched and... well that's about it. I don't have anything bad to say about the movie, but I don't really have anything good to say about it either. Playing for keeps was a pleasant enough love story, but there really wasn't much there to hold my attention. Maybe if I was a HUGE soccer fan... but probably not.

The story was about a man, George (Gerard Butler), who screwed up his marriage and is trying to win back both his wife and son. Butler and Biel (who plays the ex-wife Stacie) both put in a good performance  but I didn't feel any chemistry between them. The only character I felt any connection with was the kid, Lewis (Noah Lomax).

Throughout the movie we kept hearing about how exciting and fun George was, but I failed to see it. Dennis Quaid does put in a fantastic performance as the reprehensible Carl.


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