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Playing for Keeps

By JOHN LOCANTHI
Divorce can be hard on a young child. It only grows more awkward when your father is a washed-up Scottish soccer star who “gets more ass than a toilet seat.” In Playing for Keeps, Gerard Butler stars as George Dryer, a former superstar who has recently moved to Virginia to bond with his son and rescue his ex-wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel), from the dreaded clutches of her fiancé. Dryer’s main parenting duty is chauffeuring his son to and from soccer practice. The youth team itself, the Cyclones, has fallen on hard times. The kids didn’t win a game last year, and a frustrated Dryer seizes the coaching job of the team through a bloodless coup. The Cyclones start winning games, and along the way, Dryer is hounded by an all-star lineup of ’90s bombshells who have matured into hot, albeit troubled, soccer moms (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer). Dryer’s Scottish accent, rocking bod, thick and wavy locks, and his commitment to helping children make him irresistible to these venerable vixens—and presumably to the target audience for this film. Unluckily for the horny moms, Dryer is still very much in love with his ex-wife, which he proves by banging only a few of them. Playing for Keeps meanders through its 106-minute runtime, never entirely certain whether it wants to be a feel-good comedy or a serious family drama. But now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go sign up to coach youth soccer and get in on this soccer-mom action.
 
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  • Release Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Critic's Score: C-
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