BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Playing for Keeps tells the classic story of a love that just couldn’t work, with a guy that just couldn’t figure it out, and a girl whose heart was broken one too many times. In this story, the guy is Gerard Butler a la George Dryder: A washed-up has-been ex-soccer player (and, be still my heart, he maintains his Scottish accent!) come not-so-great father come guy trying to figure it out one day at a time come little league soccer coach that the desperate housewives can’t stop drooling over (but then again, it’s Gerard Butler, right?). The girl is a very plain-Jane Jessica Biel (seriously, seemingly no mascara the whole movie!) with a son by said ex-soccer player who has moved on to a new man (or has she…? We shall see) and is making a new life for her and her son.
Basically, Butler decides he wants to play the father role and starts coaching his son’s soccer team (makes sense, right? How amazing when movies happen so perfectly), but is trying to get a job as a sports reporter, all while trying to repair his somewhat-damaged relationship with his son and win back the heart of his beloved.
Supporting cast was a celeb-full roster including a high-strung money-flaunting soccer parent Dennis Quaid–married to desperate housewife no. 1, Uma Thurman, former-sports reporter–desperate housewife no.2 Catherine Zeta-Jones (who also happens to be helping Butler get a job), and divorcee soccer mom (a.k.a. desperate housewife no.3) Judy Greer.
To put it simply, all of the desperate housewives are trying to get into Butler’s pants, and the only one he wants to take his pants off for is taking her pants off for some other man. Like I said, classic story. Sigh.
Now, I love a good chick flick as much as the next fille, but unfortunately, this particular one was lacking in the com department of the romcom, and was a bit of a bore. Sure, it was a decent cast, and sure, there was a happy ending, but still I yawned.
Go see it, if only for the good-looking main stars, but don’t expect much in the way of mascara or plot.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.
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