Rashid Irani's Review: Playing For Keeps
Teetering between banal romance and juvenile humour, Playing For Keeps is a major disappointment from the director of The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).Some raunch turns out to be the only unusual element in the plot about the shifting balance of power between a down-on-his luck soccer star (Butler) and his ex-wife (Biel).He lands an assignment to coach his son’s school soccer team and the screenplay becomes a regressive male fantasy with every yummy mummy throwing themselves at the coach.The chemistry between Butler and the cougar moms (Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones) never quite crackles. In the midst of all this, the hunk manages to bond with his estranged wife and son. Ho-hum! The subject of separated couples reuniting has been done time and again on the Hollywood screen. Give it a break, please.