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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
Rachel Dratch ... Aunt Diane
F. Murray Abraham ... Norman Wallach
Oona Laurence ... Becky
Tovah Feldshuh ... Blackstone Head of School
Olympia Dukakis ... YaYa
Kimberly Quinn ... Laura
Fatima Ptacek ... Isabella
Gabriel Rush ... Jaden
Jaden Michael ... Max 1
Catherine Urbanek ... Jessica
Gigi Cesarè ... Blackstone Academy Chess Club Private Schoolgirl (as Giovanna Cappetta)
Frank Pando ... Officer
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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Adventure | Family

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements


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Release Date:

26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Reine des jeux See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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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 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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Impressive acting by the main actress
7 February 2016 | by michaeljhumanSee all my reviews

I am very impressed by the acting of the kid

The movie is interesting, but not especially amazing. Above average. I believe it's quite enjoyable for people who like this style of movie though. It slightly reminds me of Matilda, maybe due to comedy elements and smart girl.

Garafalo is a bit under utilized. I have been a big fan for years and think she's great. But of course the movie is about the girl, so it's to be expected that she's under utilized.

There's some funny lines in the movie. For example the mentor remarks, in response to a question, 'Is it bigger than a breadbox?' And the girl says 'XBox"? And he says 'What's an XBox". And she says 'What's a breadbox'. Very funny gender gap commentary

It's not a good chess movie IMO. If you want more about chess, see something else, IMO. I feel like this movie misrepresents the game a bit and how one would learn about it.

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