Playing the Field. According to Variety, Butler will star as a former pro soccer player who agrees to coach his young son’s soccer team to bond with him, and finds himself having to field a lot of passes from soccer moms. Biel will play Butler’s ex-wife, and Thurman will play one of the other mothers. Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) will direct. Robbie Fox (So I Married an Axe Murderer) wrote the script. So what’s the plot? Let’s guess!Uma Thurman and Jessica Biel have joined Gerard Butler in the comedy
Considering Thurman is about 12 years older than Biel, making her Butler’s age, I’m thinking Uma will be the only soccer mom who resists his charm because she looks down on a pro athlete who married a younger woman. I suspect she’ll fall for him — right before he gets a coaching job at a real team and has to decide whether to continue putting his career ahead of parenthood. I think that arc works whether this is Butler’s return to live-action family fare or, fingers crossed, a comedy for adults that allows him to be more Mark Harmon in Worth Winning or George Clooney in One Fine Day than himself in The Ugly Truth.
Your turn. Guess the plot.
P.S. I’m totally seeing this, even if there’s miraculously no groin hit in the trailer.