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Play the Game (2009)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  28 August 2009 (USA)
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A young ladies' man teaches his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather, and plays his best mind games to meet the woman of his dreams.

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David Mitchell
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David sells cars at his father's dealership and, from time to time, visits his grandpa, Joe, at a retirement home. David's a great salesman and he's successful attracting women, one after another. Joe, meanwhile, misses his deceased wife and is done with life. David gives Joe advice on how to get women's attention at the care center, and Joe gives David advice on how to find a lifelong companion. Each dismisses the other's words, then tries them out - David with Julie, a women he met playing football, and Joe with Edna and with Rose. Failures follow success. Can either figure out how to enjoy life and be themselves? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Andy Griffith like you have never seen him before

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$51,197 (USA) (27 February 2009)

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$635,741 (USA) (6 November 2009)
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Andy Griffith co-stars in this film with Rance and Clint Howard. They are (respectively) the father and brother of Ron Howard, who was Griffith's co-star on The Andy Griffith Show (1960). See more »

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Grandpa Joe: David, if you want to stop playing game of love, you have to stop play with this girl.
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Andy Griffith As You've Never Seen Him Before - And You'll Wish You Hadn't Seen Him Like This Now!
16 October 2010 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you think it's funny or entertaining to listen to Andy Griffith talk in some degree of unnecessary detail about the erections he gets while taking Viagra then settle in and get ready - because you'll love this. Andy plays Joe, a lonely widower in a nursing home who gets taught how to "get the girls" by his grandson David (Paul Campbell.) Just as Joe (who had only been with David's grandmother through his entire life to this point) starts to enjoy playing the field, though, David (who wouldn't know commitment if it hit him with a car) meets someone he wants to settle down with (Julie, played by the very cute Marla Sokoloff) but who turns him down.

Once you get over the impossible to avoid distaste at watching Griffith (who generally plays pretty wholesome roles) discuss over and over again the state of his male anatomy, you have to decide which of the two story lines is more dull: watching Joe playing the field at the nursing home, or watching David pursue Julie to what you know from the start is going to be the inevitable "happily ever after" moment. The role reversal involved with the two characters struck me as incredibly "who cares?" and neither of the stories are either interesting or funny in particular. To the extent that there are laughs, I suppose Joe's story offers a few chuckles from time to time - and Sokoloff is adorably cute! On the whole, though, this movie is a train wreck.


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