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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Playing for Keeps’ a mis-prioritized romantic comedy

Dale Robinette

Butler is always given an easy target to chase. Trying to win Jennifer Aniston or Katherine Heigl might be intimidating at your local bar. But in a movie like the “The Bounty Hunter,” with Aniston, or “The Ugly Truth,” with Heigl, the outcome has been preordained. They’re obligated to go home with him. He’s not like a Denzel Washington or a Russell Crowe or even a Ryan Gosling — there’s no mystery to keep him sexy, nothing for a woman to discover or unpack or be surprised by. Gerard Butler is what happens after you marry one of those guys — or James Bond. He’s the end of the honeymoon.

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