Play the Game

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If you want to win the game of love, you have to play the game. Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Released on:
February 27, 2009 (limited)
August 28, 2009 (limited (15 cities))

Production Companies:
Story Films
Slow Hand Releasing

Status: Released

Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, Doris Roberts, Marla Sokoloff, Liz Sheridan, Clint Howard, Rance Howard, Geoffrey Owens, Juliette Jeffers

Director: Marc Fienberg

Screenwriter: Marc Fienberg

Genre: Romance, Comedy
About the film:
Twenty-eight year-old David (Paul Campbell) is an expert at using his psychological skills to manipulate customers in his job as a luxury car salesman -- and manipulate women in his life as a ladies' man. He's perfected his surefire steps, which include setting up elaborate "chance" encounters with women, never letting them discover that they're actually being pursued – only to be discarded.
When David's lonely, widowed grandpa, Joe (Andy Griffith), asks for David's help in reentering the dating world to find a companion, David agrees to teach him all his secret tricks. David takes Grandpa to a singles bar and, over Metamucil™-laced beers, demonstrates how to arrange a chance encounter to meet a girl, and create an illusion of unavailability because "women always want what they can't have."
But Grandpa Joe's search for companionship causes David to begin to wonder if he too should be looking for more. And when David literally runs into the intelligent and attractive Julie (Marla Sokoloff) at a football game, he vows to get her to fall for him. Let the games begin!
But the games don't go so well for the men. Grandpa Joe spots Rose (Doris Roberts), only to discover she has a boyfriend. David attempts to set up a second chance meeting with Julie, but almost has a heart attack trying to catch up with her as she jogs.
Eventually though, David gets the chance encounter he's been waiting for with Julie at her laundromat, and Joe does the same with Edna (Liz Sheridan), whom he meets in the retirement home exercise room.
All seems to go well for grandfather and grandson – but both men soon learn that while David's games work well for meeting women, they lack the ability to actually keep a woman around.
Grandpa Joe dumps David's strategy, opting for the old-fashioned courtship that worked well for him sixty years earlier. David, however, lacks the guts to do the same with Julie; while Joe uses sincerity to get closer to a meaningful relationship with Edna, David's games only make Julie seem increasingly elusive.
Will David follow his grandfather's lead? And how will Grandpa Joe fare with both the vivacious free-spirited Edna and the lovely Rose?
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $51,197 (22 theaters) | Domestic Total: $659,483
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