Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Robbie Fox
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid
What they say: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in “Playing For Keeps,” a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn.
What I say: Ok, before we begin, I have a question. Is every Hollywood screenwriter a deadbeat dad and general douche bag? This isn’t rhetorical, I really want to know. I know this is spoilers, but why is it that in every movie that features a divorced couple with a deadbeat dad that suddenly wants to make things right, that the poor bastard (aka the new boyfriend) that surely got punished for dating a screwed over and hurt woman gets kicked to the curb for the douche? Whose fantasy is this? Oh yeah, the scumbags fantasy. The original title for this dreck was Playing The Field, way to stay classy guys.
Gerald Butler plays Gerald Butler, known as George in this film, a former soccer player that has fallen on hard times. He has moved to Virginia in order to be with his son, but let’s be honest, it’s really to try to steal his wife back from the real man that stuck around when he was fucking off. Meanwhile, he takes over as the soccer coach for his son’s team. Naturally, being Gerald Butler, all the moms try to seduce him. He also attracts the attention of another scumbag played by Dennis Quaid. The movie should have been called Playing With Scumbags. Anyway, George drams of being a sportscaster and oh hell, who cares.
As usual for this kind of tripe the women are all penis crazy and throw themselves at our “hero”. Man, do women really like this shit? I guess they do as this stuff keeps getting made. This script was probably a mad libs script all they had to do will fill in the names and careers. Sheesh. Performances were fine based on what they had to work with.
Now, I know I’m not the target audience for this stuff, but c’mon us guys have to sit through this stuff sometimes, throw us a bone and don’t be so damn insulting.