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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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Marc Fienberg

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Marc Fienberg
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Director: Jamie Patterson
Stars: Lucy Griffiths, April Pearson, Derren Nesbitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Campbell ... David Mitchell
Andy Griffith ... Grandpa Joe
Doris Roberts ... Rose Sherman
Marla Sokoloff ... Julie Larabee
Liz Sheridan ... Edna Gordon
Clint Howard ... Dick Mitchell
Rance Howard ... Mervin Lavine
Geoffrey Owens ... Rob Marcus
Juliette Jeffers ... Carrie Marcus
Marie Caldare ... Rebecca
Bunny Levine ... Claire Cranston
Monica Garcia ... Gillian
Sergio Enrique ... Sergio
Michelle Pierce ... Susan
Mario Di Donato ... Flame Car Buyer
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Storyline

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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If you want to win at love, you have to play the game. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jocul iubirii See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,197, 1 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$661,209, 13 December 2009
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Story Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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After the end credits, there is a short scene of Andy Griffith in bed. See more »

Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Cactus Flower
Written and performed by John Gold
Courtesy of U & L Records
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Slow & Repetitive, The Importance of Editing, Otherwise Decent Game
18 July 2013 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Marc Fienberg's 'Play the Game' has an original concept and it's even funny in places but for me the biggest problem was the pacing. The film really drags in places especially in some of Paul Campbell's scenes (not to blame the actor) and feels repetitive (scenes with Andy Griffith). It is quite charming in places but good editing was desperately required. Andy Griffith and Liz Sheridan are hilarious. Doris Roberts has her funny moments too. Marla Sokoloff is vivacious and Paul Campbell does a decent enough job. Some of the dialogues are funny enough but, as mentioned earlier, tend to be repetitive and sometimes borders on cliché. There's a fun interesting twist at the end but due to the slowness of the film, it's intended effect may be lost. Fienberg's effort is appreciated. It's a good concept, with good acting but this is an example of how lack of proper editing can inhibit ones appreciation of what could be an otherwise fun movie.


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