Playing for Keeps : Movie Review

There is a lot of driving up to houses and backing out of driveways in "Playing for Keeps"—so many scenes of this, in fact, that it would make for a downright perilous drinking game. Perhaps all of these establishing shots call attention to themselves because the film, an acceptable but very slim romantic comedy, is so predictable that there is little else to focus on or think about during its 106-minute running time. Director Gabriele Muccino (2008's "Seven Pounds") and screenwriter Robbie Fox (1993's "So I Married an Axe Murderer") earn a few grace points for their mostly pleasing ensemble cast and not too much dumbing-down when it comes to the treatment of the characters, but these things can only go so far when everything else feels as immensely familiar as it does.

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Author : Dustin Putman