Playing for Keeps (2012)
Running Time: 105 minutes
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, Dennis Quaid
Playing for Keeps is a romantic comedy about George (Butler), a former Scottish professional soccer player. He moved to Virginia in order to try and mend things with his son (Lomax) and ex-wife, Stacie (Biel). However, he is broke, out of a job, and without any solid plans for a future. When he takes over as his son’s soccer coach, he also gets the attention of three soccer mums, and a wealthy dad. As George tries to catch up with his new life, with things slowly falling into place, he has to make a decision between a great job, his ex-wife, his son, and the kind of future that he wants.
There’s nothing much to say about this film, but that it’s your typical romantic comedy with predictable outcomes. Although, it is not entirely a waste of time, it is enjoyable, with some heartfelt moments, as well as decent comedic timing. The movie does have a stellar cast, with the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer as the supporting leads. There was nothing wrong with the acting, or the script or the directing, but there is just something missing… I’m not sure is it because it is predictable, but the movie managed to keep its pace throughout without making audiences feel bored halfway.
All in all, it is a decent rom-com with a good cast, alright storyline, good for a relaxing weekend.
Rating: 5 ½ out of 10