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A handsome young ladies' man attempts to teach his widowed grandfather the finer points of dating in the new millennium in this comedy featuring beloved television icons Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, and Liz Sheridan. When it comes to meeting women, David knows every trick in the book. Lately, David (Paul Campbell) has noticed that his grandfather Joe (Griffith) seems more lonely than usual. Joe lives in a retirement community, and though he longs for companionship, it's been so long since he's dived into the dating pool that he's forgotten how to swim. As David begins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"There's a good comedy to be made about sex among seniors, but the low-budget indie film Play the Game is not that movie."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Play the Game has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. Take away the dirty parts, and this is the type of thing you can get for free on the Hallmark Channel every day."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"I never contemplated what Andy Griffith's face would look like during orgasm, and I curse this atrocious and shoddy romantic comedy for making Griffith do it and making anyone watch it."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"This isn't so much sitcom fare as dinner-theatre material, directed without an ounce of style or panache and played more broadly than an old vaudeville routine."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"one of those endearingly cute, funny movies you'll see on cable and wonder why studios don't put their marketing machine behind this kind of film instead of the typical garbage we get passed off on us as summer 'entertainment.'"
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Gazette (MD)
"While Fienberg's direction is no great shakes, the film showcases its veteran cast."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Veering between syrupy sweet and awkwardly dirty, Play the Game is a woefully scoreless exercise."
‑ Robert Abele, Chicago Tribune
"Surprisingly sexual in nature, and not just because it seems so concerned with the sex practices of the elderly. There's too much of that sort of material here and not nearly enough of the stuff we really want to see."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Although occasionally slow Play the Game receives a boost from its capable cast. It's fun to see an old dog learn new tricks."
‑ Diana Saenger,
"Smart screenplay, good directing. Except for Griffith, casting is wrong."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"Stay home and find yourself a Golden Girls marathon."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The good news is that the seemingly perennial TV fixture is still funny and sharp and folksy. The bad news is that he lost the bet, or whatever it was that got him into Marc Fienberg's smarmy, lackluster comedy."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"It isn't great movie-making, but it is a cheeky good time -- even if you've never wondered what Opie's pa would look like after a jolt of Viagra."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The scene in which Alzheimer's is played as a dating dealbreaker is as stunningly tasteless as Fienberg's zooming-in on Joe's face when he receives his first blowjob."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Griffith improvises an orgasm that seems to last as long as the entire eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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