Play the Game 2009 PG-13 CC

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A young ladies' man teaches all his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather and plays his best mind games to win the woman of his dreams.

Starring:
Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

Play the Game

Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Marc Fienberg
Starring Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith
Supporting actors Doris Roberts, Marla Sokoloff, Liz Sheridan, Clint Howard, Rance Howard, Geoffrey Owens, Juliette Jeffers, Marie Caldare, Bunny Levine, Monica Garcia, Sergio Enrique, Michelle Pierce, Mario Di Donato, Robert A. Johnson, Omar Adam, Betty McGuire, Jack Guzman, Rafael J. Noble
Studio Gravitas Ventures LLC
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I think this is a very good funny movie.
Marylee Erickson
I just finished watching this movie with several seniors, and they (and I) loved it.
John P Jackman
I have to say this was a really bad movie.
Rebecca L. Campbell

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on May 15, 2010
Format: DVD
One thing I must say about this hilarious comedy is it feels like something the late John Hughes might have made. Only without silly teens in high school. It didn't look like such an enjoyable film from the teaser-trailers--but boy, did I love this movie. Also...don't confuse this with the four or five others that share the same title. This is a 2008 offering and miraculously, there was no other film by the same title released that year or since then.

David Mitchell (a strangely effeminate Paul Campbell) is a raging 'player', an almost sexually incontinent ladies' man. With essentially little life outside his dad's (hilarious Clint Howard) car dealership, what has he got to lose chasing the babes? Except that David's Grandpa Joe (Andy Griffith) won't forgive him for taking the job and sticking grandpa in a super-fine condominium.

This is a lapse that makes no sense in the story...but David visits his Grandpa Joe, who is despondent and threatens suicide because he's a widower. David offers to teach Grandpa Joe "rules of the game". What ensues is hilarious, though thoughtful, comedy with David trying to get his grandfather a girlfriend. First at the bar, then in a preciously side-splitting scene at the gym. Meanwhile David is tackling his first true love with Julie (a charming Marla Sokoloff).

The tale has an incredible turn that I won't spoil--but it is so fun to see David and his grandfather gradually changing into one another, David absorbing his grandpa's wisdom and grandpa becoming a bit of a rake. The woman of grandpa's dreams, Rose (legendary Doris Roberts) happens to be Julie's granddaughter. What each man will learn here will astonish you, though portions of this happy and truly fun movie are predictable.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John P Jackman on October 24, 2010
Format: DVD
I just finished watching this movie with several seniors, and they (and I) loved it. The reality is that there is quite a bit of sexuality that goes on in retirement homes, but is not talked about. I think the movie is best enjoyed by adults (not something that most grandparents would want to watch with their grandkids!) but I did not find the movie offensive as did some others here -- and neither did the 70+ year old ladies I watched it with.

It's a romantic comedy, and ends with a humorous twist that sort of undermines the overall message of the movie, which I think is positive -- that we need do be seeking genuine companionship and not just game-playing.

As both a pastor and a filmmaker, I think we need to have family films but we also need stories that are for adults. When the only movies that we allow are acceptable for kindergarteners, we are leaving out a whole aspect of adult life -- and I think very few movies deal honestly in any way with the elderly and their emotional lives.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Dennis on June 16, 2010
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I was so excited to get this movie, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie! I have never seen Anj in this kind of role, and it was absolutely hilarious!!! I think you will enjoy this movie, even if you're not an Andy Griffith fan, but then I can't imagine anyone not being a fan. :)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Linda Vanhese on June 21, 2010
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I bought this for my residents in an Assisted Living Facility. They laughed so much watching this movie. I'm sure they will watch it again and again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HereandNow13 on February 5, 2014
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Two generations promoting sex, sex and more sex outside of a covenant. Love is not built on dishonesty and manipulation. Not comical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2014
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This could have been a really cute family friendly storyline, but instead it was pretty crass at several points in the movie. I was disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kate Anderson on January 5, 2014
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Did Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts need money this badly? Andy's character started out as someone who was sympathetic to the viewer and ended up as someone crass and unlikeable. I watched this with my 84 year old mom, and was embarrassed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. lacy on February 7, 2014
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Andy Griffith has done so many good roles in television over the years that it's painful to watch him in this awful movie and doing not such a good job on his part as well.

This movie was so bad that we had to quit watching after about 20 minutes - time enough to know that things weren't going to improve. I hate to see someone like Andy Griffith attempt a role in a movie this bad just to work. This is an insult to his past work over the years and he'd been better off just to stay in retirement and enjoy the fruits of his previous success.
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