Playing For Keeps

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Drama

Three buddies just out of high school (Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn, and Leon W. Grant) don't know what to do with themselves until one of them learns that his family has inherited a ramshackle hotel somewhere in the Catskills. They cook up a scheme to open a rock 'n' roll hotel, complete with a Mick Jagger Suite, as a resort for teenagers. Of course, they...read more

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Three buddies just out of high school (Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn, and Leon W. Grant) don't know what to do with themselves until one of them learns that his family has inherited a ramshackle hotel somewhere in the Catskills. They cook up a scheme to open a rock 'n' roll hotel,

complete with a Mick Jagger Suite, as a resort for teenagers. Of course, they find the building in worse shape than they imagined, and it takes a lot of work to get it in shape. Also complicating matters is the $8,000 in back taxes owed on the building. They are opposed by the

locals--understandably disconcerted by this threatened invasion of headbangers--and by some slimy industrialists in cahoots with the slimy town-council president to turn the area into a dump for toxic waste. It seems hard to believe that a film like this could attract any kind of audience, since

it's too youth-oriented for adults and too insipid for youths. Of the three leads, only Jordano occasionally comes across well. Harold Gould, the one familiar face here, steals the picture as a lovable confidence man.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Three buddies just out of high school (Daniel Jordano, Matthew Penn, and Leon W. Grant) don't know what to do with themselves until one of them learns that his family has inherited a ramshackle hotel somewhere in the Catskills. They cook up a scheme to ope… (more)

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