Review for Playing For Keeps
PG-13 Romantic Comedy 1:45
by John Thielking
Playing For Keeps chronicles a brief passage in the life of former
star soccer player George Dryer (Gerard Butler) who is struggling
financially while trying to reconcile with his ex-wife, Stacie
(Jessica Biel). He still likes to hang out with his son Lewis
(Noah Lomax) and when his son's soccer team gives him the thumbs up
when he helps out for a bit at practice one day, George suddenly
finds that he has a job as head coach of the kids' soccer team.
Other reviewers have panned this movie as somehow being unrealistic
and that George doesn't deserve the breaks that he gets in this
movie, but this reviewer thinks that the movie is fine and that
George is getting what he deserves. Four stars.
This movie ranks as being nonviolent because it has only six violent
scenes in it. These include: there are 2 stories of people
dieing, there is a story of a boy getting hit in the nuts with a
soccer ball, there is a brief scene where people are watching a
violent slasher movie on TV, a kid pushes another kid in a soccer
match and two men get into a brief fight. There is no smoking
in this movie.
The previews include two nonviolent commercials, a nonviolent
preview for Promised Land and somewhat violent previews for Parental
Guidance, The Guilt Trip and Safe Haven.
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