“Playing for Keeps”

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.

playing for keeps

Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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3 Responses to “Playing for Keeps”

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  2. jmmcdowell says:

    The previews I’ve seen haven’t sparked my interest, and your review confirms my impressions! I’ll be passing on this one.

    Oh, when my husband and I went to see “Lincoln,” our audience applauded at the end, too. Excellent film!


    • Cyranette says:

      We are movie nuts, but sometimes previews completely turn us off. Other times the previews are the only interesting part of the film and we hate having wasting our time and money…I’m glad my review was helpful.


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