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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 ...
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Kilo (as Jermaine 'Big Hug' Hopkins)
Anthony Johnson ...
Spootie (as A.J. Johnson)
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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?


A deleted sex scene between Amber and Dre was cut. The scene was meant for the end of the film. Producers felt the scene was unnecessary and cut it. The scene ran 3 minutes 45 seconds. See more »


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


The Payback
Written by James Brown, John Starks and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Possibly the 2nd best African American comedy I've seen
22 June 2006 | by (Baltimore, MD.) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again after seeing it many years ago, and it was just as funny as I remembered it being initially. This is one the best black comedies in recent years, it's very light hearted and not meant to be taken seriously (it's a comedy after all) Bill Bellamy & his friends are hilarious. This is definitely as must see for anyone wanting to see a good light hearted comedy that will make you laugh all the way through. The only movie in this genre that currently comes to mind that I liked better than "How to be a Player" is the original "Friday". To sum it up, see this movie if you like African American comedies, or light hearted comedies of any genre with no deep message & just a lot of adult oriented laughs.

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