Playing for Keeps (2012)



Critic Consensus: Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.

Movie Info

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. -- (C) … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image)
Genre: Drama, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robbie Fox
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2013
Box Office: $13.1M
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Critic Reviews for Playing for Keeps

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (32)

Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose.

Full Review… | December 26, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting?

Full Review… | December 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it.

Full Review… | December 10, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Someone maybe should've told this guy if you want to rekindle a romance with a woman, you probably shouldn't start by sleeping with all her friends.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

a celluloid own goal.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
The National

No matter what kind of drab, derivative fluff you prefer, this exceptionally toothless comedy has something to offer.

Full Review… | July 28, 2013

Audience Reviews for Playing for Keeps

Oh my...such low ratings. This was very sweet, and romantic. Typical chick flick stuff. (totally unrelated side note--Gerard Butler is unbelievably hot in this). ;)

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Adequate but all over the place. The ending is sappy and it wastes several fine actresses in nothing parts.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


There are some big actors in this movie and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to watch the movie. But even they couldn't save the film. It's not the best movie I have seen come from the actors, but still not the worse. The movie is quite predictable and one of those cookie cutter rom-coms that I tend to loathe so much. But still, it wasn't eye rolling worthy so I have to give it a little bit of props. It's a cute film but nothing special going on here. It's probably not something I would see again.


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