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"PLAYING FOR KEEPS"
(2012) (Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Minor
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A former soccer star tries to get his life together and make amends with his divorced wife and their young son.
PLOT:
George (GERARD BUTLER) was once a big soccer star, with a pretty wife, Stacie (JESSICA BIEL), and a young son, Lewis (NOAH LOMAX). But since an injury ended his career at the age of 36, times have been hard as he got divorced and various business ventures failed. He's now returned to Virginia to be close to his son once again, and it's from Lewis that George learns Stacie is going to marry her live-in boyfriend, Matt (JAMES TUPPER).

That's thrown George for something of a loop, although he's not at a loss for his choice of women. With his good looks and charming accent, he immediately draws the attention of various soccer moms once he takes over coaching his son's youth team. Among them is Barb (JUDY GREER), an emotionally overwrought divorcee who immediately clings to him. Denise (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES) is a single mom who's obviously attracted to him as well, and being a former TV broadcaster, she might be able to help him break into the world of sports broadcasting. More troublesome is Patti (UMA THURMAN) since she's the wife to Carl (DENNIS QUAID), an ultra-wealthy but insanely jealous man who instantly befriends George, unaware that Patti has already set her sights on him.

While George must deal with all of them, he tries to reconnect with Lewis, and that puts him back in close contact with Stacie. From that point on, he must decide what he wants out of life and what sort of man and father he should ultimately be.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast, or the game of soccer, they might be, but this just doesn't look like it would be terribly appealing to teenagers or especially pre-teens.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image.


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