Play The Game
Play The Game (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Andy Griffith is his usually likable self, but he's stranded in a middling comedy that's surprisingly tasteless and poorly crafted.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

While Fienberg's direction is no great shakes, the film showcases its veteran cast.

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Robert Abele
Chicago Tribune

Veering between syrupy sweet and awkwardly dirty, Play the Game is a woefully scoreless exercise.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Stay home and find yourself a Golden Girls marathon.

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John Anderson
Washington Post

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.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I really liked this movie!! Who knew that Andy Griffith was gonna turn out to be an hysterical old geezer?! The rest of the cast did a wonderful job, also. The… More
Rico Zamora
Play the Game is the type of movie for which you don't know what to expect. Very little publicity, a shaky premise about a grandfather-grandson… More
Chris Garman
Play the Game is about two playas. The first one is David (Paul Campbell), a sleazy car salesman who is your stereotypical man whore who knows all the moves,… More
CAST: Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Marla Sokoloff, Doris Roberts, Liz Sheirdan, Clint Howard DIRECTED BY: Marc Fienberg SUMMARY: A young ladies' man… More