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      Playing for Keeps

      PG-13 Released Dec 7, 2012 1h 45m Romance Comedy List
      5% Tomatometer 92 Reviews 41% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Long past his soccer-playing heyday, George Dryer (Gerard Butler) is struggling financially and failing in his attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), and young son, Lewis (Noah Lomax). When Lewis' soccer team has an opening for a coach, George steps up. Not only is George a big hit with the children, but he also attracts lots of attention from some of the players' single and unhappily married mothers (Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.

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      Noah Berlatsky The Atlantic Playing for Keeps recycles tired, flawed lessons about masculinity. Aug 28, 2019 Full Review Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard The comedy has its moments but they are few, and a high-powered cast, which also includes Judy Greer and Dennis Quaid, give mostly low-powered performances. Rated: 2/5 Jan 4, 2013 Full Review Anna Smith Time Out Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose. Rated: 2/5 Dec 26, 2012 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …a flawed movie that’s still an agreeable enough watch for those who dig Butler’s brand of charm… Rated: 3/5 Jun 24, 2023 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com Biel, despite being left with insipid material and dialogue, at least tries to keep things afloat. Rated: 1.0/4.0 Sep 20, 2020 Full Review Micheal Compton Bowling Green Daily News Despite a cast full of recognizable -- and in some cases talented -- people, this is a predictable piece of romantic comedy fluff that just goes through the motions. There is not one moment that you can't see coming well in advance. Apr 11, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Facetiouslyinsolent This movie was not made to win awards, it's a Rom-com. Does it check all the boxes for the reason it was made, absolutely. I'm a movie lover and think the so called "Critics" are pathetic. They give the StepUp movie a 45% and this movie a 5%. Do yourself a favor and give the movie your own review by watching it and deciding for yourself. I'm a Gerard Butler fan and think his performance in this was believable. It's a realistic story for the most part and if you want to have fun with a (Chick-flick) give this one a try. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Huid H Boring.. Whith such talented actors you'd expect more. After five minutes you know the plot Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Not the best story, but it was entertaining. I’ve been wanting to watch it again Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/21/21 Full Review Audience Member Playing for keeps has a great cast and a few laughs but overall it’s a predictable by the book romantic comedy. It’s a little over long and except for a few jokes the dialogue just isn’t there. The story doesn’t really go anywhere. Performances are pretty much phoned in. There’s a lot of talent behind the camera but it’s a waste it on something so forgettable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/21 Full Review Audience Member Typical rom com, passes the time. Lots of plot holes. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review steve d I always like Butler and this time his supporting staff is just as good. Cute film, far more likable than the reviews would have you believe. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Long past his soccer-playing heyday, George Dryer (Gerard Butler) is struggling financially and failing in his attempt to reconcile with his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), and young son, Lewis (Noah Lomax). When Lewis' soccer team has an opening for a coach, George steps up. Not only is George a big hit with the children, but he also attracts lots of attention from some of the players' single and unhappily married mothers (Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones).
      Director
      Gabriele Muccino
      Producer
      Jonathan Mostow, Kevin Misher, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Heidi Jo Markel, John Thompson
      Screenwriter
      Robbie Fox
      Distributor
      FilmDistrict
      Production Co
      Millenium Media Group, Gerard Butler Alan Siegel Entertainment, Misher Films, Eclectic Pictures, York Square Productions, Nu Image
      Rating
      PG-13 (Language|A Brief Intense Image|Some Sexual Situations)
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 7, 2012, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 5, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.1M
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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