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Starring:
Andy Griffith, Liz Sheridan and Paul Campbell


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 28, 2009 Released by: Story Films

Andy Griffith gets down and (a little) dirty in this somewhat crass, tasteless comedy no doubt with the right mixture of love and romance for those closer to the venerable actor's age.

His over 50 year amazing career has seen him excel on television in "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock" among other countless memorable guest appearances. In Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd opposite the likes of the late Walter Matthau and Patricia Neal he showed much actorly prowess as a delusional celebrity nicknamed Lonesome.

The erstwhile Sheriff Andy of Mayberry shows a different side as a senior citizen with the same name - Joe - as in the more appealing, well-rounded Waitress.

Here, in the lead part as Grandpa Joe, his libido is revived when he meets Edna Gordon (Liz Sheridan, remembered as Jerry Seinfeld's small-screen mom). Edna updates him on what he can do to get back in the "game". Joe's slick, player of a car-salesman grandson, David (Paul Campbell), provides pointers on getting back into dating, as the old, now hornier fellow transforms into a "chick maggot".

The helming by Marc Fienberg, which is semi-autobiographical, may remind one more of dinner theater than cinematic craftsmanship. Some may like a couple of fishing scenes which may make some reminisce of Griffith's winning days with Ron Howard as Opie, Andy's son. But, the film really belongs to its veteran cast, including Doris Roberts as Rose, eyed by Joe, whose granddaughter Julie, a likeable Marla Sokoloff of Sugar & Spice, is being pursued by David.

Howard's father Rance and Clint also pop up in supporting parts as Rose's boyfriend and Joe's slick son-in-law and David's boss as it may be fun for some to see Sheriff Andy get randy.

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