Written December 17, 2012
Although I somewhat enjoyed seeing this movie, it is one I would have rather rented then wasted money on at the theater. Gerard Butler didn't even make it worth my time. I'm not a fan.
Written December 10, 2012
A heart-warming story of a man who grows up right under his son's nose. Famous Scottish soccer player, George Dryer, is broke after his career takes a downturn. He returns to the States to be a father to his 10 year old son who he has parented in a few years. His ex is getting ready to remarry and he makes very good impressions on the moms and dads at his son's soccer practice; so much so that he becomes the coach.
Without spoiling the ending, you will enjoy a view of a father and son relationship blossoming.
Gerard Butler is his usual charming and handsome self and woman and men both will drool of his good looks and physique.
Written August 20, 2014
This story and screenplay are barely mediocre. The talent does their best with the material they've been provided but that's not much. The one redeeming value I found was the family first message that's delivered most sincerely. If you're into matinees and can see it at a discount, it's probably a fair trade sort of outing but no way should one pay an evening's ticket price. As hard as it is to actually write, and since I tend to give all films the benefit of the doubt based on differing tastes in films among audience members, I cannot recommend this one. You should probably wait for the stream or rental option. You'll be glad you did.
Written July 08, 2013
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Written January 29, 2015
When critics write about Gabriele Muccino‘s English language movie 'Playing For Keeps' they’ll say all the wrong things. They’ll call it generic, artificial, formulaic, and predictable.
Yeah, sure. But they won’t tell you the good things about it. It’s sweet. It’s romantic. It’s got marvelously handsome Gerard Butler not holding back with his irresistible Scottish accent. It’s got real kids saying real kid things and not mouthing off to adults or swearing. It’s free of bathroom jokes, ridiculous antics that involve senior citizens hip hop dancing and offensive jokes about projectile vomiting, Viagra, or binge drinking. It’s nice; is that so wrong?
Check out my blog ' I Love Italian Movies' for the rest of my review and more on Italian directors like Gabriele Muccino.