Playing for Keeps

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  106 min.
Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD: March 12, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 3.62
based on 36 votes and 10 reviews
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Cast: Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer


George (Gerard Butler) once had it all—fame, fortune, a professional soccer career and a beautiful wife (Jessica Biel). But when a knee injury forces him off the field for good, he winds up losing more than just his career. His wife takes their young son and leaves because of George's selfish and irresponsible behavior and the fallen star is reduced to making sports casting demo tapes in his guest house just to make ends meet.

When the opportunity arises to take over coaching their son's losing soccer team, George takes uses the gig to try and redeem himself. The only problem is, he can't seem to avoid getting caught up in the messed up lives of his players' families—like the father (Dennis Quaid) who throws money at him for favors, the wife (Uma Thurman) who manages to make her way into his bed while he's out, or the mother (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who bribes him into sleeping with her by offering him his dream job.

In between trying to stay out of trouble and landing a respectable job with a sports network, George struggles to reconnect with his family, who are already on the brink of losing any faith in him as a father.

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Studio: VVS Films
Producer(s): Kevin Misher, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Heidi Jo Markel, Jonathan Mostow
Screenplay: Robbie Fox
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  • 5 stars "A very well developed dramedy, well acted, and well directed. The direction and photography are definitively above the average."
  • 1 star "Really bad movie."
  • 1 star "Very boring movie. Such a great cast of actors. I could not believe could do something like this. Very disappointed."