February 25, 2009

Miami New Times (Print & Online)





Extended Play

Octogenarians need love too.

By John Linn

Published on February 25, 2009 at 3:03am


See if this makes you uncomfortable: Picture Andy Griffith — lovable, huggable, grandfatherly Griffith. Next to him is Liz Sheridan — you might remember her as Jerry Seinfeld's doting mother Helen on the hit series Seinfeld. The two are floating in a sea of plush pillows atop a round bed. They exchange some pleasantries. Then she goes down on him. That's right: Helen Seinfeld blows Andy Griffith. And just like that, everything you know about the world has changed. The scene — which, in fact, is much more tasteful than it sounds — is part of the film Play the Game, a semi-low-budget indie that screened this past November at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The romantic comedy might sound a little formulaic, but it takes a unique approach to dating and sex — octogenarian or otherwise. In a culture that strips people of their sexuality after a certain age, it is refreshing (if not a bit awkward at first) to see a film that delves into the subject matter so candidly. And it certainly lends truth to the popular theory that age is a state of mind. Catch the lighthearted romcom, which won the audience favorite award at FLIFF, beginning this Friday, when it opens at AMC Theatres Sunset Place 24.
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