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Playing for Keeps (2012)
Who blackmailed the cast to be in this movie?
EVERY story needs tension, the more tension the better the conflict, the funner to watch. Don't get me wrong, I don't like artificially created drama. It needs to flow naturally and derive from the situation and characters involved. Now to this "masterpiece" here: it's so lame, I don't even know what to say. I don't have anything to latch onto. A big slippery NOTHING. The protagonist is depicted as the unlucky schmuck, yet everything falls into his lap right from the start. In the first few minutes he's "poor" and out of work, can't really afford the rent for the place where he's moved to be close to his son, and his ex, whom he still loves, is engaged to marry. Then right away he's offered to coach the son's soccer team, which opens up opportunities for sex (with the soccer moms who all throw themselves at him) opportunities for money (one of the soccer dad's - Quaid - who has great potential to be a total scumbag but it doesn't get exploited at all, proposes a bet and Butler wins easy money AND Butler gets to borrow Quaid's Ferrari, not because of the bet, but just on a whim of Quaid's, isn't that nice?) and career opportunities (oh coincidence, coincidence - one of the soccer moms is a former sports reporter). There were moments when tension could have been developed into some great conflict, but those moments came and dissipated. Every problem was solved instantly and quite amicably. It reminds me of Seth MacFarlane's "English drive-by": Oh Reginald, I disagree! Some of the conflicts were simply shrugged off. No conclusion, nothing. Poor Quaid, he did the best he could with his weird role. I can't believe how this got a star cast, or funding in the first place. I don't wanna knock the writer, sometimes the story gets changed and cut while filming, but my guess is that there were too many setups for potential conflicts that in the end NONE of them could be realized and all went inconsequentially blah. PS: Butler's accent made him sound like Schwarzenegger. Enjoy.