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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
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 106908 delivered on 3-1-2013. 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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Playing for Keeps (2012) See more »

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Funnel of Love
Written by Charlie McCoy and Kent Westberry
Performed by Terraplane Sun
Courtesy of Experience Music Group
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How many can relate?...I mean really
7 December 2012 | by coastdazeSee 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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