Play the Game Synopsis
A man teaches his grandfather his dating tricks. But when his own techniques begin to fail, his grandfather steps in to mentor and guide him.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
While Fienberg's direction is no great shakes, the film showcases its veteran cast.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Ultimately it's sunk by the hole in the middle: Paul Campbell (presidential aide Billy on "Battlestar Galactica") who substitutes smarm for...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The screenplay, written by first-time director Marc Fienberg, fervently stays true to an ancient sitcom tradition.
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By Dennis Harvey
The comedy's broad perfs, predictable story beats and pro but characterless packaging have a smallscreen feel.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Undeniably offers cheap laughs, its most receptive audiences will likely be found in retirement-community auditoriums.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If you love Viagra jokes, look no further. Otherwise, stay home and find yourself a "Golden Girls" marathon.
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Village Voice

This Lifetime-ready comedy is hardly provocative--let alone perceptive, funny, or fresh
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Fienberg’s film spends most of its time trying to convince us that true love starts when you stop playing games. Then, in the final...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. And then there's the Andy Griffith sex scene.
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Love Play the Game

By bacooch
I hadn't heard much about this, but just went to see it tonight after an article in the paper talked positively about it. What a great movie! It was so cute to see the old actors in such a fun...

Play The Game

By jblink23
What a terrific movie!! My wife and I hadn't felt this way since we saw (and loved) "When Harry Met Sally". The ending is terrific!!...

“PLAY THE GAME” – An Unexpected TREAT in the Contests of Life = Rating 9 of 10 stars (based on an advance screening of a film to open 8-28-09) =

By jimchudnow
This tells the story of David (PAUL CAMPBELL), a smooth-talking car salesman who works for his dad (CLINT HOWARD) from whom he was estranged for years. He was raised mainly by his Grandpa Joe (ANDY...

Play the game, is a winner

By mrsunger
I went down south florida and saw the movie the night it came out. It was so funny that I wanted to come home and tell my friends about it, but the problem is that it was only showing in South...

REALLY FUNNY if you are over 30!!!

By BostonOrBust
If you have kids and can relate to the kid/parent/grandparent dynamic, this movie is REALLY FUNNY!!!! MUST SEE!!! Go see it in Florida now, or ask your local theater when they are getting it....

Charming, Thoughtful, and Full of Heart... and other great things!

By stubbornly_appeared
I'm actually a teen girl who took my grandma to see this, and I absolutely loved it! I don't usually like romantic comedies, but this was a cut above the rest. It was funny, sweet, and all-around...

Andy Griffith discoverd Viagara!

By moviegoer_rob
In "Play the Game", the banter between young romantic leads David (Paul Campbell) and Julie (Marla Sokoloff) is pretty good, but it's the hijinks involving the older characters--mainly Andy Griffith...

A Must-See!

By filmdude87
This film is great, on all cinematic fronts. The acting combines the vast experience of Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, and Liz Sheridan, who all bring their A-game in a romantic comedy that is...

So Sad

By hiwa07
I am surprised to see Andy Griffith (too old for the part) and Doris Roberts in such a movie. I found it dated and irresponsible in its sexual content and ideas. The plot line had so much potential,...

Great Movie

By JusTeesh
I completely enjoyed this movie!! It reminded me of conversations my mother and I have about dating...except I'm not a "Player" and neither is she!! Wonderful ending...Definitely a must to see!...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content and language