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Play the Game (2009)

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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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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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Andy Griffith like you have never seen him before See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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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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Production Co:

Story Films See more »
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Technical Specs

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

Julie Larabee: Step 5, the Groucho effect. It says that men won't join any club that would have them as a member. Ulike women, men just don't know when they've got something good. But when you make him work to get in the club, he thinks he's lucky to get you. And since men sometimes fear commitment there's step 6, the pull back. Give them a view of what life would be like without you. And that's when he'll realize what he really wants.
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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 »

Connections

References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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You Don't Want To Know
Written and performed by Chelsea Williams
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A must see movie for intergenerational understanding
18 February 2013 | by californeanSee all my reviews

I can understand why some may find this movie to be coarse or scandalous. Getting famous celebrities such as Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts certainly bestows extra credibility to the movie, but the acting itself, the likable characters, and a story line that is seldom talked about are enough to elevate this movie to a must see movie. I found myself laughing with the script and rooting for the characters and their realizations. I think that seeing Andy Griffith in a role that's different than a type character makes me appreciate his youthful presence even more. His role as Grandpa Joe was funny, endearing, and thought provoking.


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