Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Playing for Keeps Misses the Mark

Plus, Hyde Park on Hudson is a little too soapy.

by | December 7, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies brings only one new release: Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Uma Thurman. What do the critics have to say?

Playing for Keeps


Some bad movies are aggressive in their awfulness, while others are simply uninspired or clichéd. Critics say Playing for Keeps falls into the latter category, squandering an attractive cast on a script that offers plenty of jarring tonal shifts but no surprises. Gerard Butler stars as a washed-up soccer pro who decides that coaching his kid’s soccer team will help make up for all the time he’s been out of his son’s life. However, the other players’ moms immediately take a shine to the hunky new coach, and complications ensue. The pundits say Playing for Keeps is slavishly devoted to the romantic comedy playbook without exuding much personality of its own, and at times it’s surprisingly sexist. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Butler’s best-reviewed movies.)

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