5.7/10
28,296
62 user 137 critic

Playing for Keeps (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 7 December 2012 (USA)
Trailer
2:34 | Trailer
A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's football team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive football moms who pursue him at every turn.

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Robbie Fox
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... George
Jessica Biel ... Stacie
Noah Lomax ... Lewis
Dennis Quaid ... Carl
Uma Thurman ... Patti
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Denise
James Tupper ... Matt
Judy Greer ... Barb
Abella Wyss ... Ally
Grant Goodman ... Billy
Grant Collins ... Griffin
Aidan Potter Aidan Potter ... Hunter
Marlena Lerner ... Samantha (as Marlena Rayne Lerner)
Iqbal Theba ... Param
Sean O'Bryan ... Assistant Coach Jacob
Learn more

More Like This 

A Family Man (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company -- his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.

Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Gerard Butler, Gretchen Mol, Alison Brie
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

Directors: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson
Stars: Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez
Glory Days (2002)
Comedy | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The author of a tell-all book gets writer's block and decides to return home for inspiration only to find that the town locals aren't too happy with his last book.

Stars: Eddie Cahill, Poppy Montgomery, Jay R. Ferguson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An uptight television producer takes control of a morning show segment on modern relationships hosted by a misogynistic man.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon
Playing for Keeps (2018–2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

To be a footballer's wife, it takes serious balls. Dive into the salacious world of Aussie Rules Football, unearthing secrets, lies, scandals and murder.

Stars: Madeleine West, Annie Maynard, Cecelia Peters
Rat Man (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A maniac butchers a fashion model on a Caribbean island and leaves the body to be eaten by rats. The model's sister suspects something isn't quite right with the police investagation and ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo
Stars: David Warbeck, Janet Agren, Eva Grimaldi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Director: Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr.
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

The true story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Antonio Sabato Jr., John Burke, Kelly Curran
The Rebound (2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In New York City, a single mom captivates her new neighbor, a much younger man.

Director: Bart Freundlich
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha, Andrew Cherry
B.T.K. (Video 2008)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Dennis L. Rader systematically tortured and killed innocent victims for over two decades, evading the police for over 30 years while living a seemingly normal life as a husband, father, security officer and church president.

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Kane Hodder, Amy Lyndon, Odessa Rae
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Grab life with both hands See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Dave gives George an envelope full of cash while they're at the soccer pitch, and presumably George drives home with it (in his Alfa Romeo). The next time we see that envelope (still filled with cash), it's in the glove compartment of Dave's Ferrari, on a different day. See more »

Quotes

Carl: There's no warm-up shots in life, George.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.198 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

World Gone Mad
Written by Josh Hollis
Performed by The Lackadaisies
Courtesy of The Lackadaisies
See more »

User Reviews

 
A waste of talent all around
19 February 2013 | by chodorovSee all my reviews

I was very much looking forward to seeing this movie because of the stars and supporting roles, as well. I was heartily disappointed. I like Gerard Butler, and enjoyed him in the movie, but the movie was incredibly slow even for me, someone who is not into action movies. But there was too little here. Too many talented women making fools of themselves, and Dennis Quaid was thoroughly wasted as a philandering husband jealous of his wife. Outside of the main characters, all of the roles were flat and without much personality. Butler isn't the only actor who made a mistake to accept this script. Butler and Biel were the only ones with anything to work with, and they did their best, but the script was simply a failure. This was not even good enough for TV, let alone a motion picture. Save your time and money and watch something else! This is one case in which the critics were right. No wonder this was a box office flop.


33 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 62 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playing the Field See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,750,288, 9 December 2012

Gross USA:

$13,103,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,962,335
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed