Dec. 12, 2012 - Issue #895-Japandroids
Playing For Keeps
George Dryer (Butler) is a washed-up ex-soccer pro coaching his young son's soccer team, bedding or nearly bedding various vapid moms (Judy Greer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman) of the players and trying to get back onside with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel, who tries to rise above but was apparently contractually obligated to gaze hopefully or cry in every scene). An own-goal shambles of bland characterization, comic shtick, exes-still-in-love clichés and lazy implausibilities, this is like a bad Coen brothers comedy played straight. It does offer an occasionally delinquent notion of parenting—George teaches good ol' Virginian kids to say "wanker" and lets his son steer the Berlusconi-mobile on the open road. Otherwise, Playing For Keeps plays down to the ugliest American stereotype of soccer—dull to the point of brain-death.
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Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
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