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Playing for Keeps (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Gerard Butler , Jessica Biel , Gabriele Muccino  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman
  • Directors: Gabriele Muccino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: FilmDistrict
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2H9VBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Playing for Keeps (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A retired soccer star attempts to rebuild the relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching the soccer team.

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing For Keeps is NOT a romantic comedy December 10, 2012
Format:DVD
I saw this in the theater with my mother yesterday afternoon. I'm not going to try to tell you that Playing For Keeps is an Oscar contender (it's not) or that it's not corny, formulaic or predictable in spots (it is). It's certainly not on a par with Mr. Butler's previous films Coriolanus or Machine Gun Preacher, nor did I expect it to be.

I think that professional critics are missing the point of a film like this one. They're so busy analyzing movies frame by frame for profundity, hidden meanings and plot twists, looking for that epiphany, that they tend to forget that the rom-com genre, by definition, IS usually somewhat corny, formulaic and predictable.

I wouldn't classify Playing For Keeps as a romantic comedy and perhaps that's part of the problem. If critics went solely by the trailer, they expected pure light-hearted fluff when in actuality it's much more of a family drama with some humor sprinkled in.

Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel & Noah Lomax are totally believable as a dysfunctional family unit. George's vulnerability in some scenes will break your heart and those somber moments featuring George, Stacie & Lewis will bring a tear to your eyes. The supporting cast didn't fare as well although they did fine with what they were given to work with (I blame the writers). The only minor characters I disliked were the husband & wife played by Dennis Quaid & Uma Thurman. What an ugly couple, and I don't mean that in a physical way.

Anyway, for fear of spoilage, that's all I'm going to say about it other than I really enjoyed it and I hope you get out there to see it before it disappears.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I PROMISE I WON'T CRY December 23, 2012
Format:DVD
George Dryer (Gerard Butler) is a retired soccer star living in Virginia to be near his son living with his ex-wife Stacie (Jessica Biel). George still loves his ex and doesn't take the news of her up coming wedding too well. Having financial difficulty causes George to coach his son's (Noah Lomax) mixed league soccer team to the joy of soccer moms.

Being a good looking guy with an accent, women such as Catharine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, and Judy Greer all throw themselves at him. George is not a man accustomed to saying no, but Jessica Biel is a tough act to follow, just ask her if you don't believe me.

This is not a guy's film. Soccer is in the background and knowledge of the sport doesn't make the film any better. This is perhaps a chick flick for people who don't want to get emotional. Might make for a mediocre date night film if you haven't seen "An Officer and a Gentlemen" 10 times already. Good acting. Weak script.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs or nudity. Implied sex. Use of "SOB".
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I THINK I LIKED THIS BECAUSE IT WAS DIFFERENT January 3, 2013
Format:DVD
"Playing for Keeps" starring Gerard Butler (Phantom of the Opera, The Ugly Truth and many other so-so movies), is about a former soccer star named George that played alongside David Beckham in his hay-day and has fallen far from grace. He's a guy who's a natural at getting things and being given things, but horrible at making decisions, knowing when people are taking advantage of him and growing up. So, when he returns to the hometown of his former love, Stacie (Jessica Biel), to patch things up and reunite with his son, the typical romantic movie story begins to play out.

That being said, this movie has been a subject of numerous poor reviews from national critics and I would have to say that for some reasons, criticism is justified, but the movie is nowhere near as bad as it is being portrayed. The script is strange. It portrays Butler's character realistically, but occasionally gets farcical at random times. He's a ladies man and always has been. Women flock to him, so when he accidentally ends up coaching his son's soccer team, he becomes the target of many players Mom's; single, disturbed, married, manipulative. Then of course there's the Indian neighbor who seems to have no life, but watching George hosting numerous women from the guesthouse that he is renting.

George is a hard character to like. Although I found his character realistic in portrayal as someone who has numerous women who want him and everybody treating him like a celebrity. Quite simply, he takes it. Most would. Yet, as predictable as the script may be, I found the things that happened in the movie justified. George grows throughout the movie and he battles with his maturity. There are many valuable lessons that many will relate to in the film.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for something better March 12, 2013
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This movie has a lot to like – a nice story, humor, meaningful relationships, etc. Unfortunately, it also features a main character choosing casual sex with several women, none being his ex-wife whom he supposedly still loves. I wish Hollywood would stop portraying casual sex as a joke, or as a "normal" part of life that just happens. I wanted to root for the restoration of a marriage and family, but the film-makers decided to take a twisted path. Too bad, it could have been a real winner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Soccer Mom Dope Opera April 15, 2013
Format:DVD
Soccer is the perfect Playing for Keeps metaphor - slow, meandering and pointless with "extra time" put on the clock for no discernable reason except perhaps, to prolong the agony. Even by the trifling standards of the garden variety romantic comedy, PFK (under the AWOL direction of Gabriele Muccino) offers a redemption and reconciliation tale so poorly told that continuity, script supervision and character development were apparently early morning electives that Mr. Muccino must have decided to blow off.

Although I wasn't expecting much, in more skillful directorial hands a first-rate cast populated by Gerald Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Judy Greer should have at least guaranteed a minimum level of weekend watchability.

The story pivots around Gerald Butler's George, a retired David Beckham-esque soccer superstar who has returned to Virginia to reclaim his family and fortune decimated by a decade of bad decisions and bad luck. In an effort to reintroduce himself to his son Lewis (admirably played by Noah Lomax) George commandeers control of Lewis' junior soccer club and while teaching the team real skills inadvertently dampens the wardrobe of the gaggle of soccer moms (Thurman, Greer, Jones) who dutifully attend each practice and now race to bed George.

This is where the film really comes of the tracks as each seduction scene reveals women with such pervasive insecurities and below-zero self-esteem that it is hard to imagine any of them as the accomplished and affluent inhabitants of the take no prisoners Beltway culture that they purport to be charter members of. All in all it's Wisteria Lane meets Hysteria Lame with not even a tangential connection between storylines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerard Butler! YUM!
What can I say...but YES! I love this movie and so I had to own it for myself. Gerard Butler is yummy and is also a good actor...along with all the other actresses in the movie.
Published 29 days ago by Debbie L. Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this movie!!!
I generally like the movies Gerald Butler plays in and I liked his role in this movie. It did have a few slow places that you could go get a soda and not miss much but generally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joy W. McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Babyboomer
Great movie. Refreshing to not go so extreme with sex scenes. Worth watching again. Gerard Butler acting was a pleasure.
Published 2 months ago by babyboomer
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
this movie is fun and it is in perfect condition. We enjoyed it and loved the man and his son learning to care about each other.
Published 3 months ago by Jo Ann Di Domenico
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
Gerard Butler played a desperate father very well. His emotional expression toward his ex and son are incredible. Love this movie a lot. Thanks.
Published 3 months ago by Takako Knechtel
5.0 out of 5 stars It never gets old!
Movie was in great shaped. I liked how this movie had a lot of humor, as well as very touching scenes.
Published 3 months ago by Quiet Riotess
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sweet movie
Anything with Gerard Butler is okay with me except "The Ugly Truth". He does not have to act in that kind of movie with the language.
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
If you like predictable boring movies this is for you...there is nothing redeemable about this boring movie. Not good at all
Published 4 months ago by None
4.0 out of 5 stars PLAYING FOR KEEPS (WS) PLAYING FOR KEEPS (WS)
I bought the movie used Enjoyed it. Movie had many great Actors: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel,Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quad, Uma Thurman
Published 4 months ago by Buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Good story, pretty good pacing, like Butler and the cast. Hard to like his x-wife because they made her SO drab. Is that how the producers see housewives? Read more
Published 4 months ago by DS
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