But­ler helps make ‘Play­ing’ in­ter­est­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - By Mick Lasalle San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle Play­ing D

There really is no point to see­ing “Play­ing for Keeps” un­less you would like to have sex with Ger­ard But­ler, or would like to be Ger­ard But­ler, or think, at least, that life in­side his shoes would be in­ter­est­ing. As a movie, it’s not much. But it’s the best show­case for his charm that But­ler has ever had.

In fact, the movie doesn’t merely show­case his charm; its de­fi­cien­cies work to high­light it. An hour into “Play­ing for Keeps,” you might wake up to re­al­ize vaguely that noth­ing much has hap­pened, but you might also re­al­ize that it has taken a full hour to no­tice, and start to mind.

Un­til then, it’s pleas­ant enough to watch this guy am­bling and stum­bling through life, and the fact that a suc­ces­sion of beau­ti­ful co-stars — Jes­sica Biel, Uma

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