Playing for Keeps Synopsis
A youth soccer coach tries to score with his players' moms.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As a movie, it's not much. But it's the best showcase for his charm that Butler has ever had.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Jessica Biel all but steals the show as Stacie.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

The central question of the movie becomes: Can George triumph over his inability to stop hot women from throwing themselves at him?
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
This is a good premise for a comedy, but somewhere along the way, it got diluted and turned into a sappy, feel-good story of family...
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Perhaps, if this movie fails, studios will finally accept that we all deserve better. Biel knows it already, and Butler keeps up in their...
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This saga of a former soccer star coaching his son's team in order to worm his way back into the heart of his ex-wife aims to be warm and...
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This isn't a genre-less character study, it's myopic romantic comedy, and watching a woman of Catherine Zeta-Jones's easy carnality and...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The shenanigans of randy soccer moms and their obnoxious blowhard husbands are intended as comic relief. But the sappy plot of this...
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30

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Style can be a risky thing in a movie like this, which aspires above all to inoffensiveness. Originally titled "Playing the Field," which...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Just stay away. It's awful.
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Terrible Movie

By hoytpa
This was a terrible movie. I was very disappointed with this film and my wife and I walked out due to the crude material. It has multiple sexual references / situations / scenes. None of this was...

PLAYING FOR KEEPS IS ADORABLE!

By dianethefan
THIS IS A GREAT, HEARTWARMING FILM LOADED WITH A WONDERFUL CAST. IT IS FUNNY, ROMANTIC, SWEET AND GREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. FANTASTIC PERFORMANCES BY BOTH GERARD BUTLER AND JESSICA BIEL. GO SEE...

TRITE, TRIVIAL, TO BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS!

By Peneflix
The director, writers, producers must have suffered a meteoric meltdown to think that this sophomoric drivel qualifies as entertainment. An ageing, once renown soccer player, "George" (Gerard Butler)...

So-So movie

By luvstainless
Typical story line. Won't be any awards for this movie or actors here. Better to wait for dvd on this one. These actors should be able to find better work than this....

Outstanding Romantic/Comedy/Drama -Great Date Night

By The Tobemann
The previews looked pretty straightforward, and I wasn't expecting too much, but the wife wanted to go, so...well, you know how that goes. Anyway, great movie! Best Gerard Butler performance since...

Heartwarming and fun movie

By tvcsunny06
This movie was even better than I had hoped for. The main focus was his relationship with his son and Gerard Butler acted his part so well I could feel his pain and his joy. I wasn't the only one...

Crazy Suburban Mothers

By imara90
With a cast like this I expected way more from this movie and I was wholly underwhelmed. Gerard jumps from bed to bed with all the crazy suburban wives yet we're still supposed to root for him to get...

It just wasn't a good movie

By JAMoneyhun
I love all the actors in this but the story line just couldn't make this movie entertaining. It was drawn out for too long and the chemistry was better with George and his flings than who was...

Playing for Keeps - no rating

By mmargherini
Unfortunately the theater it was playing in was shut down for repairs and wasn't aware of this until I got there, so I didn't get to see the movie. Requested a refund but they told me I had to go...

playing for keeps

By underpar1162
didnt like the ending ... only reason not a must go and just a go..... once he found out that she dumped the other guy... he should have called espn and tell them he is on his way......

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Ho-hum sports romcom lacks both laughs and chemistry.
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