Box Office Mom: Playing for Keeps

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Rating: 3 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: November 7, 2012

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 13+

Sexual Content: Moderate

Violent Content: Mild

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild

Will Kids Like It? No

In the day George Dryer (Gerard Butler) was a soccer superstar. He was a Scottish player, who played for the Queen, played for his country and even played with David Beckham. George had it all until the dreadful time of his life came; it was time to retire. He could no longer play games for a living, he had to grow up. Things were initially hard for George, he struggled to pay his rent, he struggled to find a job, and he struggled to become a responsible adult. However after moving to Virginia, to spend more time with his 10 year old son, Lewis, things dramatically changed. George became Lewis' soccer coach; the kids were in awe of his skill and the mom's were in awe of his looks. Now George had to figure out how to be a responsible dad, and not re-live the glory days of his past. 

{Spoiler Alert} George was a good guy. Ultimately he cared for his son and ex-wife. He eventually came to realize that his family was the best thing that ever happened to him, not his fame. He learned to take responsibility, and treasured the time with his son and the people he loved.
There is an all-star cast, to name a few; Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quad, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
George let his son sit on his lap and drive (steer) a borrowed Ferrari.
Even though I liked this movie, and so did the mom's in the theater, I feel that kids may get a little bored with the subject matter.
Sexual Content: Moderate
• The soccer moms like George, and they definitely show it. One women goes to George's apartment, puts her arms around him, and pushes him against the window and passionately kisses him.
• Another mom wrapped her leg around George's waist, gave him a big kiss. That's all we saw, but it was implied that they did more than smooch.
• A married woman/soccer mom went to George' home, took off her clothes (down to her bra and panties). George did the right thing and didn't pursue her.
• One mom said that she fantasizes about George while he is coaching

Violent Content: Mild
• Two men got into a fight. They started out by pushing one another, which turned into a wrestling match.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
• "Sh--" is said a lot, "a--," "b--ch," "h---," and "d--n," are said several times each.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild
• We see character's drinking beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks.

Will Kids Like It? No
• The film has a lot of fun soccer scenes which I'm sure most kids will enjoy, however the film is centered around adult issues which kids may find boring.

Parents need to be aware of the moderate sexual content and profane language. Depending on the child I feel this is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up. As I previously mentioned, kids may not like this film, but moms will!!

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg,


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