S.I.M Rating: 7.17 out of 10 (7 Votes)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid
Playing For Keeps is a romantic/sports comedy featuring a relatively star-studded cast including Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman and Dennis Quaid. Gabriele Muccino is the director, perhaps better known as Will Smith's director in The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds.
The always-charming Butler portrays a former soccer star who has outlived his abilities on the pitch, and following a run of rotten luck, decides to try and get his life back together by returning to his estranged son with hopes of re-establishing a long-dormant relationship. All goes well initially, but when he agrees (reluctantly) to take on the job as coach of his son's soccer team, old demons resurface and aren't helped by the amorous soccer moms who'd like "lessons" of another kind.
Somewhat predictable, Playing For Keeps fails to make better use of a talented cast, although there are moments when the "could-have-been" possibilities shine through and teases viewers with plenty of "what-could-have-been."