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Dating Tricks for Young and Old

In the tradition of fellow Chicagoan David Mamet and the hit romantic comedy Hitch, Writer/Director Marc Fienberg creates a story that offers both young and old a veritable primer on dating. David teaches his grandfather his "five steps of the game," including The Approach, which calls for "planned spontaneity" to create the appearance that she met him to hide the fact that he was actually pursuing her. David bribes Julie's doorman to learn her jogging route, and camps out for a week in a laundromat until she shows up for her late-night laundry session. David also teaches Grandpa about The Groucho Effect, a corollary of Groucho Marx's insightful quote about our tendency to want that which we cannot have: "I wouldn't belong to any club that would have me as a member." David explains that by making Julie work to get into the club, in this case by fabricating a non-existent girlfriend, she'll come to feel she'd be lucky to get him. But will the five steps work for David and Joe?

Senior Sex

PLAY THE GAME finally confirms what many of us have known all along, but never wanted to confront: Old people still “do it.” And they enjoy it.

Audiences find it uplifting to follow an 84-year-old man’s search for love, companionship, and sex, as he experiences the same fear, insecurity, and excitement that any schoolboy would. PLAY THE GAME is one of the rare movies to reflect America's growing interest in "senior sex,” depicting its characters with sensitivity not sensationalism. The film adroitly balances gentle comedy with refreshing frankness, recalling the all-too-few classics – Kotch, Harry & Tonto, Harold & Maude, Cocoon, About Schmidt, Away From Her – that have dealt with the realities, humorous to heartbreaking, of senior dating and sexuality.

Everyone’s talking about "The Sex Scene" between Andy Griffith's Grandpa Joe, and Liz Sheridan's spunky, young-at-heart Edna. Shot tastefully for PG-13 audiences, it nonetheless depicts 84-year-old Joe’s first sexual encounter with a woman in many, many years, thanks in part to a small dose of Viagra secretly slipped into his wine. The confusion turned surprise on Joe's face is priceless as he realizes that Edna's seduction will be a bit different than he expected.

Inspired By A True Story

Years after the death of his wife, writer/director Marc Fienberg's real-life Grandpa Joe confided a secret he just couldn't hold back: "I kissed a girl last week," he said. Marc found the act of a grandfather soliciting his grandson for advice on how to approach a woman, what to say, and when to call her “surprisingly touching.” He included it as a second major storyline, using the real-life discussions with his own grandfather as a foundation for David and Grandpa's bonding over dating mysteries and rituals as men have for time immemorial. The addition endowed the script with even greater emotional depth and comedic potential, taking the story to a whole new level. PLAY THE GAME ultimately explores the many types of relationships, from friendship to romance to family, resonating with audiences young and old alike.