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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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7 December 2012 (USA)  »

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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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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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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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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.43 (2013) See more »

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Tobacco Road
Written by Johnny Douglas
Performed by Hailey and Johnny
Published by Furysongs (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Imaginary Friends Music Partners
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How many can relate?...I mean really
7 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so it's a showcase for Gerard Butler's charm and good looks. That's why I went in the first place. But he can act and it was an entertaining couple of hours. It's a formula movie, romantic-comedy, that worked for me. You got to go expecting to see an age-old story - but with different actors and a different storyline. Jessica Biel is a beauty...have always liked her and she's a good actress. These two have a chemistry that is not overbearing but sweet and easy to watch. The young actor who plays the son is adorable and pretty good. What I found interesting is stars like Catherine Zeta-Jone, Uma Thurmon and Dennis Quaid playing such quirky characters. While they did a good job, I didn't really like watching them play these types of people. For some reason it took away from the movie rather than added to it, for me. But all in all, I enjoyed the movie, got teary-eyed because I could relate to having a relationship with this type of man and left wishing Gerard Butler was playing the Jack Reacher part. I think he'd be a good action hero-type.


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