I have a theory that when the people marketing a rom-com start releasing shots of the male stars with their shirts off, it’s almost an admission the film won’t be great – almost as if they’re saying, ‘Hey, the film might be rubbish, but maybe you’ll be able to at least get your rocks off a little’.
Hopefully that won’t be true of Playing For Keeps, even if we do now have a random shot of Gerard Butler wearing nothing but a towel, showing off his abs and the scruff of hair on his chest.
In the movie, Gerard Butler gets his David Beckham on as a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an “adult” are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive “soccer moms” who pursue him at every turn. The film co-stars Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The movie hits US cinemas on December 7th and comes to the UK on January 1st. Hopefully despite my theory about shirtless rom-com pics, Playing For Keeps will be a good one (and personally I’m hoping for more rubbish rom-coms as the images are certainly nice).