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Playing For Keeps

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gabriele Muccino

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About the Movie

George (Gerard Butler) is a retired soccer pro whose glory days are behind him. Burnt out on his playboy lifestyle and bankrupted by a string of bad investments, he moves back to Virginia to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and neglected son (Noah Lomax). Making up for lost time, George starts to coach the boys' soccer team. But can he keep his eyes on the goal when the bleachers are stacked with sexy soccer moms and desperate housewives?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 87
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 84
  • Average Rating: 3.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: None of it is especially credible or engaging. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Dec 6, 2012

Rotten: Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama. – Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 7, 2012

Rotten: At some point you hope [Butler] will find a movie that will give him the right material to make hearts truly beat faster. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2012

Rotten: I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ... – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Dec 7, 2012

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Customer Reviews



Surprisingly hard to watch

I thought I'd at least enjoy watching this but it was difficult to sit through. Generally I can find something I like in a "rom-com" but not in this one. Jessica Biel looked terrible, Catherine Zeta-Jones' character was typical and over the top but worst of all, the story was not just formulaic at best, it didn't even flow. If you couldn't figure out what was going to happen (you'd have to be asleep for that to happen), you'd be scratching your head. Save your money and wait for cable.


The movie was good! Definitely worth the 5🌟's

Playing For Keeps
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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