Playing for Keeps stars Gerard Butler as former professional soccer player George Dyer, who moves to Virginia in order to reconnect with family and becomes the coach of his kid’s soccer team in the process. Thrilling, right? Well, if you want to know whether or not George’s story has a happy ending, you’re in luck because I was one of the few people who saw it, so you don’t have to. Warning: Spoilers ahead. (But really, that’s the whole point of this, no?)
Dyer’s pro career ended with an injury, and now he’s broke and living in Principal Figgins’ (Iqbal Theba) guest-house. (Okay, he has a real name, but I can’t remember it.) At the beginning, we see George making what looks like a crappy audition tape for a sportscaster’s job. He takes the demo to Ben from Grey’s Anatomy (Jason George), who is a local sports anchor. (Okay, I do remember his name — it’s Chip. But only because it’s slightly relevant later on in the film.) Ben from Grey’s Anatomy promises to take a look at the tape. And thus, an important plot device is born.