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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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$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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The last movie or television role for Andy Griffith. See more »


Grandpa Joe: David, if you want to stop playing game of love, you have to stop play with this girl.
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Enjoyable Movie
31 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While very predictable, and done in a formulaic manner, (i.e. boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl), I thought this was a very enjoyable movie overall. You can read the story lines in other reviews, but I was impressed that this film tackled real life issues of generation gaps and similarities, the overall search by all humanity to love and be loved, and even the more difficult issues of senior sexual relationships, in a very forthright and truthful way. Andy Griffith was spectacular in his role as Grandpa Joe, and all actors were competent in their parts. This is a good old fashioned feel good movie. It reminded me of something my grandmother once said to me, when I was 21 and she was 83. She said, "you kids aren't doing anything that hasn't been done for ages". This movie brings that concept together beautifully! Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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