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Playing for Keeps (2012)

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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 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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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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This holiday season, what do you really want? 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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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 106908 delivered on 3-1-2013. See more »

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The Alfa Romeo that the star, Gerard Butler, drives has two different type of wheels on the car. In the beginning and the end, they are the same. In the middle the car has different wheels. See more »


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Written by Josh Hollis
Performed by The Lackadaisies
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A Pleasant Date Night Diversion
4 December 2012 | by markc14See all my reviews

Just saw Playing for Keeps at a preview screening last night. Few script surprises in this stock-standard romantic comedy. If you didn't see the end coming in the first 20 minutes, you weren't paying attention. Still, a pleasant date night diversion nonetheless.

Direction and photography were above average. All the actors played their parts up to the very limits of the script. Gerard Butler was quite believable in his role as the womanizing ex- soccer star ready to be a grownup. Female members of the audience voiced their approval of him right on cue throughout the movie. His lifelong real-world enthusiasm for soccer (particularly the Celtics) shone though in quite a number of scenes.

The entourage of swooning soccer moms was also a treat to watch. Judy Greer stole the show in her role as Barb. Her mercurial mood changes were simply hilarious. Dennis Quaid's turn as a mysteriously wealthy local businessman and paranoid husband was a hoot. I can't recall many roles he's played that offered the peculiar mix of affable good guy/sinister bad guy seen here.

Not a chance you'll see this film on stage at Oscar time, but it's worth the price of admission. Recommended.


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