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How to Be a Player (1997)

R | | Comedy | 6 August 1997 (USA)
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)
David (as Pierre)
Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins ...
Kilo (as Jermaine 'Big Hug' Hopkins)
Anthony Johnson ...
Spootie (as A.J. Johnson)
Max Julien ...
Stacii Jae Johnson ...


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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An extended version of the seduction scene between Dre and Amber was shot but cut for time. The scene was over 7 minutes long. See more »


Spootie: [after watching Dray arrive at Amber's house] Man, that girl is Persuasion!
David: You mean Caucasian. You are one ignorant ass, you know that?
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References Jungle Fever (1991) See more »


******* wit Banks
Written by Ant Banks (as Anthony Banks), Mhisani Miller, Ramon Gooden and Too $hort (as Todd Shaw)
Performed by Ant Banks
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Well... at least the music is OK
26 November 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I've watched and enjoyed two other 'black' comedies(not to be confused with "black comedies"), The Wash and Booty Call. However, in the very first scene of this film, I found myself having a bad feeling about it(yes, that was a Star Wars reference)... I started to think this was going to be a dreadfully bad film. Sadly, my instinct turned out to be right. The plot is fair, but it's not very well-developed. The situations are instantly forgettable. The credits have just barely finished as I'm typing this, and I'm straining to remember any of it. The acting is not terribly short of perfectly atrocious. The characters are pretty thin, very nearly stereotypes(I know I say that a lot, but believe me, this time, I *really* mean that). The only way you can really distinguish between them(a task I found nearly impossible to accomplish throughout watching) is to note their extreme personas(which seem to be about all of them) and attach said attributes to their respective character names. Sorry, that was somewhat confusing, wasn't it? Not quite as confusing as trying to tell these caricatures, pardon, characters apart(rather alarming, really, considering how few there are). The film has a moral, or at least thinks it does. I did find some poetic justice in the film, but the majority of it just seemed forced, underdeveloped. Now, the main reason I borrowed this from a friend was that I read the plot... and personally, I cannot stand the thought of 'players' or 'playing'. I can think of few things that bother me more than disrespecting women. The idea of seeing such a 'player' be put in a situation where his 'game' stands to be exposed, in front of the poor girls that have fallen victim to him, no less... why, I found that to be potentially every bit as entertaining as watching Charlie Sheen(or his character on the show, it's quite difficult to tell them apart) get a taste of his own medicine in *that* episode of Two and a Half Men. Yes, schadenfreude. It's not nice, but neither is 'playing'. Whether or not the film contained just that, I shan't say. I wouldn't want to ruin whatever there is left of it for anyone who has yet to see it(and still intends to). Why is it, by the way, that a man being promiscuous is 'playing', whilst a woman doing the same is a slut? Personally, I find that to be a double-standard. Yes, women make an emotional connection to whomever they sleep with... but men have emotions too, despite many of us attempting to deny that fact. A few final thoughts... I very much enjoyed and appreciated the fate of one particular character, whom I found myself feeling sorry for throughout most of the film. Why *did* Bernie Mac attach his fairly big(star-status-wise, not 'number of letters'-wise) name to this film? And finally, the music in this was better than the film. I recommend this to fans of 'black' comedy, and it helps if you're big on gratuitous nudity and stereotypes(and for anyone wondering; yours truly is most definitely not. I belong solely in the first-mentioned category of that sentence). Could have been worse, but there's far most definitely room for improvement. 3/10

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