Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Typical romantic comedy things, like cursing; some mild fighting; and some alcohol use. More prevalent is the sexual content, which is pretty tame but consistent; there’s kissing, embracing, some scenes of women in lingerie, implied sex scenes with no nudity, and the recurring theme that the protagonist was once a sleazy womanizer.
‘Playing for Keeps’ tries to be an emotional family movie and a sports movie and a romantic comedy all at once, and ends up being nothing. Gerard Butler underwhelms, Jessica Biel flounders, and the film disappoints.
By Roxana Hadadi
It’s December, which means it is holiday season, which means it’s time for movies that try to tug at your heartstrings. Season’s greetings; get ready to cry! But you won’t cry because “Playing for Keeps” is emotionally resonant, but because it’s so bad. Profoundly confused as a film, simultaneously trying to spread family harmony while being unabashedly misogynistic, “Playing for Keeps” isn’t one for the long haul.