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imagesPLAYING FOR KEEPS (12A) (2hours)
Reviewed by Dan Spracklen
Rating: 3.5/5


I decided not to read too much into this film before I went to see it, mainly because I didn’t want to have a set idea of what it is going to be like -which I find is usually the best way to go into a film. All I had was the knowledge that it was basically a rom-com/ drama starring Gerrard Butler. To say this film is ‘average’ would be both a truth and a lie. Yes, it’s got decent-but-not-outstanding-acting in it, and drags out for a little too long, yet it also has a very clever and heartfelt story. Confusing? Yes. But don’t let that put you off. The all-star cast including Gerrard Butler, Uma Thurman and Jessica Bell helps to make this film what it is, they all work really well together.

I did notice a few plot holes in the film, for example *spoiler alert*, the main character goes from having a Ferrari (lent by a new friend) and back to his old car again with absolutley no explanation or aparent transition, and some characters seem to have very little importance to the story, and perhaps were there just to liven things up – though all they actually achieve is to stretch the film out for longer than it should be and take things away from the plot. Having said that, the main characters and storyline arevery gripping.Playing-for-Keeps_02

The main story is essentially a test of love, and it’s boundaries – which is kind of what you’d expect in a rom-com, though this film didn’t make me laugh once, it’s more of a drama to be honest; although that’s not a bad thing. It feel more real than some of these types of films – with a man torn between the family he used to have and so badly wants back, and persuing his dream job. It brings so many family issues into play and shows you that loyalty and dedication can be key to people’s happiness.

Worth a watch, if a bit dragged out! Showing for One Week Only at the Plaza – Ends Thursday 10th January!!

Book tickets here




Categories: Film Reviews, Plaza Blog
  1. January 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear! I hated it! Loathed every second of it. Shame, because the stars that are featured really are on the top end of Hollywood but I have a feeling Gerard Butler may not be there for much longer.

    • January 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Sorry to hear it wasn’t your cup of tea. I have to agree you’d expect a better film with that sort of cast! Never mind, perhaps The Impossible will be better? We’ve got it from Friday – Dan at the Plaza

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