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No goals achieved: Soccer comedy fails to entertain

Jessical Biel and Gerard Butler star in "Playing for Keeps," about a former soccer star turned youth coach who also aspires to be a sports commentator.
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Jessical Biel and Gerard Butler star in "Playing for Keeps," about a former soccer star turned youth coach who also aspires to be a sports commentator.
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This is supposed to be the time of year when high-quality movies come out, whether they’re potential Oscar contenders or crowd-pleasing family fare. So the presence of flat, hacky, unfunny dreck like “Playing for Keeps” — the kind of film that ordinarily tries to fly under the radar in January or February but would be torture to sit through in any month — is a total mystery. It is truly baffling that all the talented, ...

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