Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow! I’m sorry to say that “Playing for Keeps” is one big cliche. Although all romantic comedies are predictable, “Playing for Keeps” is full of cliched characters. There are a few amusing scenes, mostly the reaction of the main character’s landlord, Param (Iqbal Theba), to the revolving door of women in his tenant’s life. The atrocious overacting of Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Judy Greer in their what-on-earth-were-they-thinking roles is embarrassing to watch.
Gerard Butler plays George, an ex-soccer star trying to get his life together for his young son, Lewis (Noah Lomax). He still loves his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), who is about to remarry. While taking over the coaching of Lewis’ soccer team, three soccer moms (Thurman, Zeta-Jones, Greer) set their bodies in his path to reuniting with Stacie. Their comings and goings to George’s carriage house amaze landlord Param.
While the coaching and high jinx are going on, George makes a tape of himself in hopes of landing a sportscaster job. Quaid plays overly rich, overly obnoxious Carl, philandering husband of Patti (Thurman), who thinks money can buy everything. Wrong place, wrong time, out-of sync, and failure-to-grow-up defines George’s life, where women, other than his ex-wife, cannot help throwing themselves at him.
Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars.