Playing for Keeps

Published June 2, 2013

Playing for Keeps

Film info

  • Title Playing for Keeps
  • Director Gabriele Muccino
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline This holiday season, what do you really want?

Playing For Keeps is a romantic comedy about a charming, down on- his luck former soccer star (Gerard 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.

Fast Facts

Title: Playing for Keeps Director: Gabriele Muccino Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 45m

Background Info

I wasn’t all that bothered about watching this one, except that it has Gerard Butler in and I quite like him. I didn’t know very much about it, apart from viewing the trailer a long while ago. It wasn’t high on the list but was perfect for a mindless bit of screen-time after a long day.

Live Blog

0:37 - I don’t think he’s actually playing in that football footage, you know. 3:41 - He’d get more than $300 for that fancy car. 4:58 - “It’s more than a couple of weeks, it’s a plethora of weeks.” 9:37 - He made a demo in the shirt-on-top, nothing underneath fashion. 11:16 - He’s muscling in! So much for respecting the coach. 11:37 - I totes knew you shouldn’t kick it with your toes. Go me! 15:12 - They looked him up on YouTube. 19:29 - I love that they all have their little football kits. Bless. 25:58 - All this film is doing is showing me how humungous the cars are in the US. 29:50 - I think Barb is my favourite. Only one step away from total meltdown. 33:18 - He’s just given away a Ferrari for a few days. As you do. 36:20 - Who backpacks around England? 39:41 - Ooh, 47:56 - “Wait, ESPN… like, the ESPN?” 52:21 - He is still driving the Ferrari. Did the guy never want it back? 1:03:54 - “..a ticking time-bomb with the charming accent…” 1:05:03 - Awww, look at his little frowny face. 1:12:47 - I know it is Gerard Butler and he’s gorge and all, but I’m not convinced by the number of women throwing themselves at him in this film. 1:15:03 - ESP-bloody-N. 1:19:43 - How does he know which shop she’s in, and also, you can’t just walk into people’s changing rooms. 1:25:30 - I’m sure the parents might have complained about his choice of pre-match language by now. 1:33:59 - I always feel a tiny bit bad for bland new-husband. They can’t honestly be that dull, or they’d not be in the frame at all. 1:36:16 - He’s hoping to find another sports broadcaster… in Virginia??


Not really very good at all. There weren’t many particularly sympathetic characters, and I was aghast at how all the soccer mom’s were portrayed. I know that’s a stereotype but it wasn’t handled well at all! The pace of the film was odd, it was predictable and had a very abrupt ending. I wasn’t really expecting it to be good, and even so it was disappointing.

**Rating: **2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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