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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.


Evan Oppenheimer
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Credited cast:
Ralph Macchio ... Tom
Janeane Garofalo ... Sarah Kuftinec
F. Murray Abraham ... Norman Wallach
Oona Laurence ... Becky
Rachel Dratch ... Aunt Diane
Olympia Dukakis ... YaYa
Tovah Feldshuh ... Blackstone Head of School
Kimberly Quinn ... Laura
Gabriel Rush Gabriel Rush ... Jaden
Fatima Ptacek ... Isabella
Jaden Michael ... Max 1
Frank Pando ... Officer
Catherine Urbanek ... Jessica
Allyson Morgan ... Mrs. Winter
Fina Strazza ... Jez


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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Believe you can win.


Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements

Did You Know?


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 »


Max and Becky are on the playground discussing Olive and her pictures. First Becky gets up and goes over to Olive, then motions for Max to come join them. When Max gets up a compress (or ice pack) is visible just above the knee of her left leg. See more »

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Filmed entirely in New York City. Obviously. See more »

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Whatever Happened to Makenna Ballard?
6 December 2020 | by StoshieSee all my reviews

First of all it is a disgrace that her credit is so far down on IMDB's list of actors for this movie. She is the main character, not some side character. Hers should be the first credit listed.

But other than this and an obscure TV movie that I can't find anywhere, she only has two credits to her name. Does anyone know why?

She was outstanding in this sweet little movie. She could express different emotions just with slight changes of facial expressions. I was expecting to see more from her, as she proved to be an excellent actress in this movie. She should have had a long, successful career ahead of her in films. I hope nothing bad happened to her.

Anyway, if you get a chance, see this movie. It is uplifting, but not overly saccharine. Even an old gruff guy like me enjoyed this fine film immensely.

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26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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