Playing for Keeps

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Ho-hum sports romcom lacks both laughs and chemistry.

PG-13 2012 106 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

Not for keeps

This movie is a nonsensical, non-family oriented piece of trash that belongs in the garbage can. It has nothing to do with soccer but more to do with nasty adulterous males and females who are desperate for anything except a good family life

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

Don't waste your money!

In all honesty, I went to see this movie because I love Gerard Butler. However, the movie deals with a divorced family who actually ends up (SPOILER) getting back together. I don't believe it was a movie made for kids. There were huge, beautiful homes, fancy cars, money being tossed around like no tomorrow. The father/coach in the movie (Gerard Butler) has soccer moms throwing themselves at him, and perhaps the worst part was that infidelity seemed almost "ok". One of the married mothers shows up on his bed wearing a bra and panties. I was more shocked to find out that my kids saw the movie the day before I did with their dad (although he knows my daughter loves soccer and probably thought it'd be a good soccer movie). Neither of my kids, ages 13 and 10, enjoyed the movie. Both thought it was inappropriate, in fact my 13 year old boy actually said he thought it should have been rated R.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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