How to Be a Player (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  6 August 1997 (USA)
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A playboy gets the tables turned on him when a party is arranged with all of the women he has been two-timing are in attendance.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Jackson (as Natalie Desselle)
Pierre Edwards ...
David (as Pierre)
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ...
Kilo (as Jermaine 'Big Hug' Hopkins)
Anthony Johnson ...
Spootie (as A.J. Johnson)
Max Julien ...


Dray is a young playboy whose only objective in life seems to be to have sex with as many girls as he can without getting caught by his girlfriend Lisa. Dray's sister Jenny and her friend Katrina plan to show him that the way he lives is wrong and organize a party in Malibu, inviting all of his girlfriends. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Def Jam's How to Be a Player  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,736,692 (USA) (8 August 1997)


$13,960,203 (USA) (24 October 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Solveig:  Near the end of the movie when Bill Bellamy is running through the house, the porn star Solveig has a cameo sex scene. See more »


Drayton Jackson: I'm what you might call....a player.
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References Jungle Fever (1991) See more »


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Written by Ebony Members, Jacquie Members and Brian Clay
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Courtesy of Classic Concept Film and Zodiac
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Major setback for African-American cinema, with one exception
29 May 2000 | by (Motown, Philly) – See all my reviews

This film was a travesty for African-American films, it probably killed several deals for quality African-American films to get made. The only thing I can find good in it, was the beautiful actress Mari Morrow, who had nothing good to work with in the material. She is reduced to just a lovely piece of eye candy amongst the madness.

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