Play the Game is an interesting generational juxtaposition.
TV acting icon Andy Griffith is a lonely grandfather consoled by his grandson, played by Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica).
The grandson shows his granddad how to be a player. He starts dating and learns things about sex and has discussions about things that are more or less taboo to today’s senior.
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The kid — meanwhile — meets the one woman he can’t manipulate via games and learns lessons of love.
Though he’s not as good as he was in Waitress a few years ago, Griffith is the consummate pro and has a blast with this character.
Campbell — who reminds me of Leonardo DiCaprio — is terrific and so is the cast of co-stars.
Play the Game is a sweet, easy comedy that's filled with TV actors. It's only on the big screen because it is slightly too “mature” for TV.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, Nov. 13 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.