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A Little Game (2014)

A young girl finding her way around the city and her own life through chess lessons. This is also about being open to all the clues about your life and your options that surround you everyday.

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Tom
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Becky
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Sarah Kuftinec
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Norman Wallach
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Aunt Diane
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Laura
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Blackstone Head of School
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YaYa
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Isabella
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Jaden
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Max 1
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Jessica
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Mysterious Basketball Player
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Jez
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Ignored by the rich kids at her new school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10-year-old girl finds an unlikely friend in the form of a feisty chess master, who uses the game to teach her about life. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Family

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
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26 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Reine des jeux  »

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Trivia

Board for the final chess game was initially turned the wrong way. A white square should always be on the player's right side. See more »

Goofs

Max and Becky are waiting with Becky's mom for Max's aunt to show up as her pretend nanny. After Becky's mom meets Max's aunt, why doesn't she take Becky's back pack home with her (possibly holding Becky's books and homework) rather than making Becky go on her play date with Max having to lug it around with her? See more »

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Statue of Liberty: Herself See more »

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The good outweighs the not-so-good
23 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

A Little Game is nice, family-friendly (for the most part) movie with quality acting. The young stage actress, Makenna Ballard makes her big screen debut as Max, a 10-year-old Manhattenite. Olympia Dukakis as her "Ya-Ya" and F.Murray Abraham as her reluctant mentor. I watched it with my own 10-year-old who was engaged watching Max maneuver school, family, and life in general. From a mom's perspective, I thought the movie delivered a wonderful glimpse of the world through a young girl's eyes which, realistically, would include the fantasies playing out in her mind. From a Christian perspective, I was taken by surprise by a scene in which the parents share a beer. This doesn't offend me; I'm just not used to seeing casual alcohol use in a family movie. Also, there is a very brief - almost subversive - mention of the neighbor boy's two moms, as well as a cutaway of Max picturing herself with two dads. Though a common theme today, I thought it should be mentioned for families that prefer to filter worldly ideals. Overall, the importance of family, friendship, and love was portrayed stronger than anything else.


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