Playing For Keeps


Awful romcom starring Gerard Butler as a troubled ex-footballer

A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer star (Gerard Butler) coaches his young son’s team as a way to bond with the boy and cope with his midlife crisis, developing a loyal fanbase of swooning ‘soccer moms’ along the way.

And then his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) steps into the picture, with wedding plans underway with a new man, and the waterworks start flowing.

Playing For Keepsis awful – and not in a hilarious Ed Wood way.

It’s just sad-awful, as in Hollywood thinks so little of female film-goers that it expects them to eat up pandering dreck like this.

Director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit Of Happyness) can do better, while Robbie Fox’s first script since 1993’s So I Married An Axe Murderer suggests he’s not had much inspiration since then.

At least Butler’s good at footie.

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    • FBKTudor

      Jan 15th 2013, 22:53

      I had the misfortune to see this. The sentiment was confused. One moment, it's all about how fun casual sex with hot soccer moms is, the next its about being a good father, then it's all about rekindling his relationship with his baby's mama, despite the fact that she's getting married to a good man who is a good parental figure to their son, and treats her well too. You feel sorry for the fiance who loses out on the eve of their wedding, for no real good reason other than the fact that she still has feelings for him, even though she's been completely indifferent towards him. Strange. So the first part plays like a porno script as he works his way through soccer moms, and the second part is about saving his ex from getting married to a kind and supportive guy. Rubbish.

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