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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
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story that George tells at the party about meeting the queen in the locker room, is the real story about the Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol. He met the queen of Spain after winning the world championship semi-finals coming out of the shower See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when George returns there is a soccer ball on the grass. They then start playing soccer with a different soccer ball moments later. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.49 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Funnel of Love
Written by Charlie McCoy and Kent Westberry
Performed by Terraplane Sun
Courtesy of Experience Music Group
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A waste of talent all around
19 February 2013 | by chodorovSee all my reviews

I was very much looking forward to seeing this movie because of the stars and supporting roles, as well. I was heartily disappointed. I like Gerard Butler, and enjoyed him in the movie, but the movie was incredibly slow even for me, someone who is not into action movies. But there was too little here. Too many talented women making fools of themselves, and Dennis Quaid was thoroughly wasted as a philandering husband jealous of his wife. Outside of the main characters, all of the roles were flat and without much personality. Butler isn't the only actor who made a mistake to accept this script. Butler and Biel were the only ones with anything to work with, and they did their best, but the script was simply a failure. This was not even good enough for TV, let alone a motion picture. Save your time and money and watch something else! This is one case in which the critics were right. No wonder this was a box office flop.


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