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  • Actors: Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, Liz Sheridan, Marla Sokoloff
  • Directors: Marc Fienberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BJO8OG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"Grandpa's horny and he wants to have some fun." This line is spoken by--good lord--Andy Griffith, a long way from Mayberry in this alternately charming and cringe-worthy romantic comedy. Griffith stars as nursing home resident Joe, a lonely widower. His grandson David (Paul Campbell), a slick car salesperson and womanizer, takes Joe under his wing to teach him the rules of "the game." But as shy Grandpa is transformed into "a wild stallion," David falls in love with Julie (an appealing Maria Sokoloff), the granddaughter of another resident (Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Doris Roberts). Where Play the Game really scores is its quirky casting, including Geoffrey Owens, Eldon from The Cosby Show, as David's henpecked friend; iconic character actor Clint Howard (not Ronny, but close enough) as David's all-business father; and Liz Sheridan, Seinfeld's mom, who's got it going on as a woman who introduces Joe to the pleasures of Viagra and oral sex ("She took her dentures out," he exclaims). Play the Game plays like a segment of Love, American Style, but it's got a nice who's-playing-who twist that makes this Game worth replaying. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

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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34 of 35 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
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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne A Brown on May 27, 2011
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This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. Good natural comedy....realistic comedy. Andy Griffith is such a natural at anything he is in and what a wonderful charater he plays. He is just to funny in Play The Game. Paul Campbell and all the lady stars did an awesome job playing their charater's as well. I highly recommend it to most any age group old enough to enjoy the antic's of aging and ..well I don't want to tell any of the movie. Just get it and enjoy it yourself. I ordered more then one so I could give as gifts. Amazon had the best price!
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