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Playing for Keeps

MV5BMTY1MTU1OTA5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTM1MTQyOA@@._V1_SX214_Jessica Biel, Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Noah Lomax, Dennis Quaid

George (played by Butler) is a retired professional soccer star. He’s now down on his luck – no longer a professional, still just a little bit of a star. He’s trying, without success, to get into sports broadcasting.

George moves to Virginia to try and rebuild his relationship with his young son, Lewis. He agrees to be the soccer coach of Lewis’ team. He realises that he wants to get back with Lewis’ mum Stacey, the love of his life, but he has a lot of work to do there as she’s getting married to some-one else. George needs to sort out his life and grow up before Stacey, or Lewis, will ever trust him again. Will being the soccer coach help him or will he mess it up?

This isn’t a bad rom com. It ticks a lot of boxes and moves at a good pace. However, the film primarily revolves around George and all the female roles (Biel, Zeta-Jones, Greer, Thurman) are there to support him as the lead (mainly to sleep with him!). I think he got too much air time and they got too little. Some big stars got some very minor roles! But apart from that, it’s inoffensive and watchable, as long as you don’t expect too much.


The Accidental Husband

MV5BMTgwODQ0NTY3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjA2NTQ3MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Shepard, Lindsay Sloane, Isabella Rossellini

The Love Doctor, Emma Lloyd, dishes out relationship advice to women on a New York radio station. Her advice comes from her successful, new book, and her real life ‘picture perfect’ relationship with fiancé, Richard (Firth).

She advises a radio caller, Sophia, to leave her fiancé, Patrick, right before their wedding. In revenge, Patrick gets help to hack into births, deaths and marriages and forge a marriage certificate between himself and the good doctor.

When Emma finds out she’s accidentally married, she has to quickly have the marriage annulled before she can get hitched to Richard. Patrick is the polar opposite to Richard. Despite this, during the time they spend together, they develop feelings for each other, threatening the ‘picture perfect’ life Emma plans for herself, and threatening the revenge plans Patrick has.

This is another rom com film from the busy year of 2008. This one, however, doesn’t ‘make the grade’. Thurman’s character is too scattered and she seems to make the rest of the movie scattered and jittery. Her relationships are under explored and the characters are disconnected. I couldn’t warm to her in this role and the film fell on its face. I’ve never seen Colin Firth in a movie I didn’t like, so I was disappointed he was in this flick. You don’t ever have to worry if you never see it.


Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg

Thurman plays Raffie, 37, who is recently divorced and regularly sees her shrink (Streep) for support. She finds love again with a younger man and confides in her shrink who, ironically, has a connection with her new guy.

The older woman/younger man story should get more of a run. But truthfully, she should have nipped this one in the bud when she had the chance. I mean, what did she think was going to happen – he’s 23!

Streep is excellent as usual, but she can’t do the whole thing solo. I didn’t mind this movie once, but never watch it twice – it moves way too slowly.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

MV5BMTc4OTA4OTYyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzU4NDQzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson

Matt Saunders (Wilson) needs to find a girlfriend – one that isn’t his workmate, Hannah, who he would love to date, but who is seeing some-one else. He meets Jenny Johnson (Thurman) and despite her slight awkwardness, they start a relationship. It gets exciting when Matt discovers that Jenny is actually superhero, G-Girl. But even G-Girl can be needy, jealous and demanding. When he tries to break it off with Jenny, Matt finds out how dangerous dating a superhero can be. Time to call on the services of G-Girl’s arch nemesis (and former high school boyfriend), Professor Bedlam.

This is a light rom com from 2006. The comedy isn’t too clever, and the jokes are a bit tired, but some of the action helps it along. It’s not a bad film, but it could have been a lot better. There was a solid storyline, one that doesn’t fit in to one of the typical rom com themes, but nothing amazing to make it stand out. Not worth watching twice.

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