Sunday, December 9, 2012
PLAYING FOR KEEPS...LET'S PASS by Pamela Powell
"Playing for Keeps" looked like a typical sappy, love story strewn with cameos from a variety of hot Hollywood actors like Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, and Catherine Zeta Jones. I was expecting another variation of last year's release of "New Year's Eve," again with Jessica Biel. I was right on one count. It was a typical, sappy love story. Thankfully, it was not another "New Year's Eve" though. That's not to say that I recommend this movie, but at least it wasn't another Garry Marshall movie. "Playing for Keeps" was about a dad, George Dryer, who moves back into the same town as his ex-wife, Stacie, and son in the hopes of getting her back. In the course of events, George attempted to grow up and be that father he should have always been.
I love the game of soccer. Lord knows I've spent half my life watching my kids play the game including my son at the college level. I have one very important question that arose from watching "Playing for Keeps." Where did they get those talented 9 year old soccer players? Their passing and shooting skills along with their footwork was superior to any high school team I've seen play! Other than watching snippets of kids playing soccer, seeing Biel's make-up and trying to figure out how she appears to wear very little yet still look gorgeous, and Butler being shirtless in one scene, this movie really isn't worth your time or money. If you're just wanting to watch a predictable, formulaic, chick flick, wait for the DVD. Invite your girlfriends over for wine, chat and intermittently watch the movie. It really isn't necessary to hear all the dialogue. You could have written it.