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Play the Game (2009)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Mitchell
Grandpa Joe
Rose Sherman
Julie Larabee
Dick Mitchell
Mervin Lavine
Rob Marcus
Carrie Marcus
Marie Caldare ...
Claire Cranston
Sergio Enrique ...
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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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La partita dell'amore  »

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Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$659,483 (USA) (6 November 2009)

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1.78 : 1
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In the bedroom scene between Andy Griffith and Liz Sheridan, because of satin sheets and a satin nightgown, Liz Sheridan almost slid right off the bed before the director caught her. Andy kept right on with the scene as if nothing had happened. See more »


Rob Marcus: Buddy buddy all the way.
David Mitchell: Yeah.
Carrie Marcus: What the hell is buddy buddy?
Rob Marcus: If Julie knows that David wants her, she's going to avoid him because she doesn't wanna feel like she's cheating on her boyfriend.
David Mitchell: But as her buddy I'm not a threat so we get to spend quality time together, and before she knows it she's more attracted to me than her boyfriend. And that is the end of the story.
Carrie Marcus: No it's not.
[Pushes David and Rob in the water]
Carrie Marcus: David, you need to grow up. Don't you realize girls know when you're playing ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, around where it starts to list the songs used in the movie, a dancing Andy Griffith comes on the screen. See more »


Sound of Your Voice
Written by Kevin Hearn
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Courtesy of Desperation Records
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Solid film
4 November 2010 | by (Baltimore, United States) – See all my reviews

These reviews are a little harsh. The story is pretty cute. It has it's funny parts, but I didn't go in expecting much. It's a very basic plot that with some editing would be really good, but I think it is worth a watch.

I am a big fan of Indie films but they can be hit or miss. I thought it was a hit for originality in the story. I can agree with other reviews that it was rather annoying cutting back and forth between the two stories right when you get hooked. It has a feel good ending with a fun twist.

I do think the preview for the film is a little misleading. It is a lot more sexual than you would think, but I found it entertaining. Don't take it too literal or you won't have fun with it. There are some parts that might be considered offensive to ages 60 and up. I could see how the movie isn't for everybody. It's definitely aimed at young adults who are still maturing emotionally.

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