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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.

Director:

Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Robbie Fox
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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
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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>

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Playing the Field See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,750,288, 9 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,101,142, 17 February 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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

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Trouble
Written by Karen Michele Bergquist
Performed by Over the Rhine
Published by Bug Music Inc. o/b/o Scampering Songs Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Great Speckled Dog Records
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7 December 2012 | by melina-m-gunnettSee 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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