Blu-ray, DVD Release: Playing For Keeps

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Playing For KeepsIt’s soccer and romance for Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher) and Jessica Biel (Total Recall) in Playing for Keeps.

The romantic comedy movie follows Butler as former soccer star George who has fallen on hard times. In an effort to get his life together, George returns home and starts coaching his son’s (Noah Lomax, TV’s The Walking Dead) soccer team, hoping it will help him build a relationship with his son and ex-wife (Biel).

Playing for Keeps piles in a bunch of other A-list stars, including Dennis Quaid (The Words), Uma Thurman (Ceremony), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Rock of Ages) and Judy Greer (The Descendants).

But the film scored lower than Butler’s other romantic comedies in theaters. Playing for Keeps grossed $12.9 million, but 2010’s The Bounty Hunter took in $67 million and 2009’s The Ugly Truth earned $88.9 million.

Perhaps the PG-13 movie’s dismal reviews had something to do with the lower box office gross. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Playing for Keeps got only 4% approval from critics. Richard Roeper called the film, “Smarmy. Dopey. Sloppy. Lazy. Creepy. Tone-deaf. Predictable. Embarrassing. Lousy.” Ouch!

Sony includes these special features on both the DVD and Blu-ray:

  • seven deleted scenes
  • two featurettes:
    • “The Playbook: Making Playing for Keeps
    • “Creating an All-Star Team: The Cast of Playing for Keeps.”
  • digital copy and instant streaming via UltraViolet

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.