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Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in Playing for Keeps, a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (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. -- (C) Film District
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

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"Everyone involved deserves a script with more wit, originality and sense of purpose."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"a celluloid own goal."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"... a half-hearted comedy about the perils of former professional athletes that unsuccessfully tries to force together elements of domestic melodrama and romantic farce."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"If this was a biscuit, it would be an own-label digestive, full of sugar and trans fats - but suited and booted in a glistening wrapper."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Dennis Quaid hammers away at a nothing role as Thurman's husband, an adulterous alpha dog; it's nearly identical to the one he played earlier this year in What to Expect When You're Expecting, but who's counting?"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"I'll long be haunted by Dennis Quaid's manic performance as a palm-greasing dad who seems to be under the influence of bath salts ..."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"No matter what kind of drab, derivative fluff you prefer, this exceptionally toothless comedy has something to offer."
‑ Eric D. Snider, eFilmCritic.com
"An own-goal shambles of bland characterization, comic shtick, exes-still-in-love clichés and lazy implausibilities, Playing For Keeps plays down to the ugliest American stereotype of soccer-dull to the point of brain-death."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The comedy has its moments but they are few, and a high-powered cast, which also includes Judy Greer and Dennis Quaid, give mostly low-powered performances."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"These are actors due a break. Unfortunately, this comedy-drama about a kids' soccer coach boinking a bunch of desperate housewives doesn't appear to be it."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Playing for Keeps takes place in a tonally incoherent universe, constantly shifting between rom-com farce and mawkish family drama."
‑ Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly
"All the characters and their motivations are banal at best and half drawn at worst, leading to the question: why didn't this end up on The Hallmark Channel starring TV's hot-tail of the moment?"
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Movies With Butter
"Did Gerard really leave the UK and a guaranteed pundit spot on Match of the Day for an automatous son and callous wife? Playing for Keeps asks difficult questions like these but provides no satisfying answers."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Even the usually reliable Dennis Quaid flounders as a fellow parent in a film that is at least slickly put together but is ultimately a sheer waste of talent."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
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