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A Little Game (2014)

A young girl finding her way around the city and her own life through chess lessons. This is also about being open to all the clues about your life and your options that surround you everyday.

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Evan Oppenheimer
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Cast

Credited cast:
Janeane Garofalo ... Sarah Kuftinec
Rachel Dratch ... Aunt Diane
F. Murray Abraham ... Norman Wallach
Ralph Macchio ... Tom
Olympia Dukakis ... YaYa
Oona Laurence ... Becky
Tovah Feldshuh ... Blackstone Head of School
Kimberly Quinn ... Laura
Gabriel Rush ... Jaden
Greg Keller ... Waiter
Fatima Ptacek ... Isabella
Fina Strazza Fina Strazza ... Jez
Catherine Urbanek ... Jessica
Frank Pando ... Officer
Jaden Michael ... Max 1
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Ignored by the rich kids at her new school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10-year-old girl finds an unlikely friend in the form of a feisty chess master, who uses the game to teach her about life. Written by Anonymous

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Believe you can win.

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Adventure | Family

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

Board for the final chess game was initially turned the wrong way. A white square should always be on the player's right side. See more »

Goofs

When Max and Isabella are playing the chess game at the end of the movie, there is no way that Isabella could know how many seconds were left on the chess clock before the flag dropped. Chess clocks do not have second hands on them, just a little thing that turns to let you know which clock is running. It does not indicate seconds, however. See more »

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Impressive acting by the main actress
7 February 2016 | by michaeljhumanSee all my reviews

I am very impressed by the acting of the kid

The movie is interesting, but not especially amazing. Above average. I believe it's quite enjoyable for people who like this style of movie though. It slightly reminds me of Matilda, maybe due to comedy elements and smart girl.

Garafalo is a bit under utilized. I have been a big fan for years and think she's great. But of course the movie is about the girl, so it's to be expected that she's under utilized.

There's some funny lines in the movie. For example the mentor remarks, in response to a question, 'Is it bigger than a breadbox?' And the girl says 'XBox"? And he says 'What's an XBox". And she says 'What's a breadbox'. Very funny gender gap commentary

It's not a good chess movie IMO. If you want more about chess, see something else, IMO. I feel like this movie misrepresents the game a bit and how one would learn about it.


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