Playing for Keeps

07playing-thumbstandard A washed-up, former soccer star attempts to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son's soccer team. His plan to reconnect with his family is met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him everywhere.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Review
In Gabriele Muccino’s “Playing for Keeps" Gerard Butler portrays a former soccer star who spends his time coaching his son’s team and bedding mothers of his young players. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 4%
Critics' score: 4   Audience score: 43   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose. full review

Anna Smith, Time Out

Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting? full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it. full review

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard

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 ... full review

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama. full review

Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

The only thing Playing for Keeps teaches us is: Guys, forget the bars and nightclubs. Soccer moms are where the action is. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

A film that's pretty much from the assembly line. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

An undistinguished, impact-free watch-checker that will soon be vaguely distracting transatlantic travelers who forgot to carry on their iPads. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Butler beware: In acting as in soccer, if you keep taking dives, sooner or later you pay the penalty. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

It appears to be an empty-headed piffle of a film about a dashing former professional soccer star coaching his son's team and having affairs with an assortment of randy soccer moms. And that's precisely what it is. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

One of those movies that comes "straight from the heart" - the heart of the hack screenwriter's manual that pushes formulaic structure to cover up a lack of compelling characters, genuine emotion or actual humor. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

For a trifle - one that probably looked like one on the printed page, too - "Playing for Keeps" somehow attracted a strong cast. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

At some point you hope [Butler] will find a movie that will give him the right material to make hearts truly beat faster. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

If Gerard Butler exudes rakish charm and Jessica Biel a charming flintiness, then why is Playing for Keeps so utterly charmless? full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Playing for Keeps" plods along pretty much as you'd expect. Its small pleasures come from the relaxed cast. full review

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

None of it is especially credible or engaging. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

This is modern movie stardom, and it's depressing: the romantic lead who could also be selling us body spray. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Playing for Keeps doesn't play with a full deck. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Is it a heartwarming romantic drama? Or a cynical sex and sports comedy? There is no wrong answer, dear ticket buyer. full review

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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Available From: Jul 05, 2013
  • Queued by: 1874 people
Directed By
Gabriele Muccino
Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Tupper, Judy Greer, Abella Wyss, Grant Goodman

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