Film Watch – 316. Playing for Keeps

playing-for-keepsFast Facts

Title: Playing for Keeps
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 45m

Background Info

I wasn’t all that bothered about watching this one, except that it has Gerard Butler in and I quite like him. I didn’t know very much about it, apart from viewing the trailer a long while ago. It wasn’t high on the list but was perfect for a mindless bit of screen-time after a long day.

Live Blog

0:37 – I don’t think he’s actually playing in that football footage, you know.
3:41 – He’d get more than $300 for that fancy car.
4:58 – “It’s more than a couple of weeks, it’s a plethora of weeks.”
9:37 – He made a demo in the shirt-on-top, nothing underneath fashion.
11:16 – He’s muscling in! So much for respecting the coach.
11:37 – I totes knew you shouldn’t kick it with your toes. Go me!
15:12 – They looked him up on YouTube.
19:29 – I love that they all have their little football kits. Bless.
25:58 – All this film is doing is showing me how humungous the cars are in the US.
29:50 – I think Barb is my favourite. Only one step away from total meltdown.
33:18 – He’s just given away a Ferrari for a few days. As you do.
36:20 – Who backpacks around England?
39:41 – Ooh, match.com.
47:56 – “Wait, ESPN… like, the ESPN?”
52:21 – He is still driving the Ferrari. Did the guy never want it back?
1:03:54 – “..a ticking time-bomb with the charming accent…”
1:05:03 – Awww, look at his little frowny face.
1:12:47 – I know it is Gerard Butler and he’s gorge and all, but I’m not convinced by the number of women throwing themselves at him in this film.
1:15:03 – ESP-bloody-N.
1:19:43 – How does he know which shop she’s in, and also, you can’t just walk into people’s changing rooms.
1:25:30 – I’m sure the parents might have complained about his choice of pre-match language by now.
1:33:59 – I always feel a tiny bit bad for bland new-husband. They can’t honestly be that dull, or they’d not be in the frame at all.
1:36:16 – He’s hoping to find another sports broadcaster… in Virginia??

Conclusions

Not really very good at all. There weren’t many particularly sympathetic characters, and I was aghast at how all the soccer mom’s were portrayed. I know that’s a stereotype but it wasn’t handled well at all! The pace of the film was odd, it was predictable and had a very abrupt ending. I wasn’t really expecting it to be good, and even so it was disappointing.

Rating: 2/5

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