Playing for Keeps

Synopsis: George is a former professional soccer star who's moved to Virginia to be close to his ex-wife and son. He's broke, jobless, without a plan, and a constant source of disappointment to his son. When he takes over as his son's soccer coach, he has a new connection to the lad. He also gets the attention of three of the players' moms as well as the glad hand of a wealthy dad. His ex-wife's getting married, he has a lead on a sportscasting job, and he finds new ways to disappoint his son. Is there any way he can sort things out?
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Gabriele Muccino
Production: FilmDistrict
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

the 83rd minute here at Celtic Park.

The phenom George Dryer looking for

his second hat trick of the tournament.

On the sideline, McKinley gets there

ahead of his marker.

McKinley looking for a shot.

There's Dryer in the box.

Goal. Oh, what a goal from Dryer!

That was magnificent.

left wing, crosses to Dryer.

Oh, what a brilliant goal!

Dryer launched himself at the ball

and smashed it into the back of the net.

...with room to run.

Moreno, feeling the pressure,

leaves it for Dryer.

Dryer with a shot from near midfield,

goal! Goal!

George Dryer with an absolute rocket.

King George does it one more time.

King George! The glorious...

Dryer is down and it doesn't look good.

A terrible injury for Dryer.

leaves the game at age 36.

Long live King George.

And now for CSA Sports

in Washington, I'm George Dryer.

On a last second penalty kick today,

DC United beat the Colorado Rapids 4-3.

Now with that victory...

Now with that victory,

United has put together

its longest winning streak since 2000.

credit card company with an urgent message for:

George Dryer.

Please contact us immediately.

Your account is...

120 days past due.


Oh, Mr. George,

Mr. George.

Oh, hey, Param, I'm just, uh...

Last week you said you were gonna

get me the security deposit.

I did, that's right. By the way,

did your son like the soccer jersey?

Yeah, thank you, but

you know the security deposit...

I'm on my way to the bank right now.

But ifs been two weeks.

Yeah, yeah, don't worry. I'm on it.

Two weeks.

played against Portugal in the final UF cup.

Liverpool, AC Milan 2005.

It's good stuff when you put it together.


Four medals.

This is the boots I wore

when I scored against England

when I played with Scotland.

Best moment of my life.

Is that you and Beckham?


Quarterfinal of the Champions league.

That was a great game.

That's cool, man.

So, what are you doing

here in Virginia?

I'm just here visiting my boy.

He lives here with his mom.

Yeah, trying to patch

things up, right?

I know, I know.

I gotta kind of get a bit of a move on.

So, what do you think for all this?

Um, I can give you $300 cash

for everything.



You kidding me?


For all of this?


Now, if you had some

LeBron James...

Here I go

I'm going down, down, down

My minds in a blank

My head is a-spinning

Around and round

As I go deep into

The funnel of love

Hey, kiddo.

We've been waiting for a half-hour.

I know, sorry.

Traffic was jammed. A nightmare.

That crazy suburban traffic.

Dad, we're gonna be late.

We'll be fashionably late.

Totally different.

I used to do it all the time.

You still do.

Can I take him for dinner after?

He's got homework.

What if we're back by 7?

We'll be back by 7.

Fine, 7. But that

doesn't mean 8 or 8:15.

No, no, no, 7.

Enjoy practice. You're late.

Say, "Bye, Mom."

Bye, Mom.

Bye, Mom.

So I moved into my new place.

I know.

Oh, yeah, your mom tell you?

Wait till you see it.

You got your own room this time.

You're gonna love it, kiddo.

I'm sorry I haven't been by in a while.

I know it's been a couple of weeks.

It's more than a couple of weeks.

It's been a plethora of weeks.

Oh, a plethora, huh?

It means a lot.

We're gonna have a plethora of good

times today, what do you say, champ?

Hey, how's the team doing?

The team bites.

We lost all our games.

We haven't scored all season.

Really? Wow.

Well, that sucks.

So, what does your coach

say about that?

I don't know.

Well, always remember,

you have to respect your coach, okay?


All right. Go. Come on.


Remember, we want to score goals.

Go, go find a ball.

Hello, hey, what did they say?

This way, this way, kick the ball.

We're having fun.

Hold on a sec. Kick it like... all right?

With your toes.

It's not like it's real football.

Just kick the ball into the goal.

So your legs are getting

much longer, huh?

You're gonna be taller

than me soon.

You got a girlfriend? No?

Well, I need to fix you up, then.

How's school?

It's fine.

My class was supposed to

go on a field trip.

But Mom's been stressed out lately.

Matt says it's because of the wedding.

The wedding?

Yeah, Matt and Mom.

Matt and Mom

are getting married?



Hey, guys. How was practice?

It was great. They were really good.

I almost scored a goal.

Almost, really? That's amazing.

Hey, George.

Hey, Matt.

All right, upstairs.

Thanks, George.

So, um,


Lewis told me your big news.

I was gonna tell you, but...

No, I mean it's fine.

I mean, it's no big deal...

I mean, obviously

it's a big deal for you.

It's okay, you don't have to

say anything.

I just...

Anyway, okay. It's good.

Well done.

Thank you.

All right, I better be...

I'll see you next week.

Yeah. Good night.

All right. Good night.

Now, with this victory,

United has now put together

its longest winning streak since 2004.

Are you excited? Well, lam,

especially since their next game

is against L.A. Galaxy

at the L.A. Home Depot Center.

Now, Beckham back from injury,

Landon Donovan back from suspension.

This is shaping up to be a good one.

My gran won't be missing this.

This is George Dryer signing out,

CSA Sports in Washington.

Have a great night.

It's the European Cup, 2003.

You, me, Smitty and

those Swedish med students,

who I believe were twins.

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