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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.


Marc Fienberg


Marc Fienberg
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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 Mario Di Donato ... Flame Car Buyer


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 woman 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 »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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 »


Carrie Marcus: Why are you getting yourself all worked up over this one girl?
David Mitchell: Why? I don't know. I don't know. Because she's cute, and I kinda like her, and I'm blowing it.
Carrie Marcus: Will you just please tell her how you feel? Trust me on this on.
David Mitchell: No. No. What I gotta do is turn things up a notch.
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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 »


References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


East Coast Leaves
Written by Marty Wereski
Performed by The JL Quartet
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Music
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User Reviews

Loved It, Andy's Best since Waitress
25 August 2009 | by mmagickSee all my reviews

As a guest of FilmMetro.com I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing this movie on 8-25-2009. Here is Phoenix this film will open on Friday the 28th. As Grandpa Joe, Andy Griffith is just wonderful and plays the 84 year old in a role he was born to play. Mr. Griffith played a character known as Old Joe in Waitress a few years back and was very good in that role but even better here as a retirement home widower learning how to pick up women from his grandson, a "player" car salesman with all the right moves. This film is a comedy gem that keeps delivering the laughs from start to finish. Hard to believe Grandpa Joe is getting more action than his grandson. I highly recommend this for all ages. Lots of comedy, lots of laughs and just the right amount of love and romance with a cute twist at the end.

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Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,197, 1 March 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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