Two Can Play That Game (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  7 September 2001 (USA)
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An arrogant career woman plays a series of heartless mind-games with her boyfriend to "put him in line," only to discover that he has a few tricks up his own sleeve.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Fenton
Conny Spalding
Tracey Johnson
Bill Parker
Dwain (as Dondré T. Whitfield)
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When it comes to matters of the heart, keeping her man happy and committed is all in a day's work for Shanté Smith. Shanté is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her best girlfriends Diedre, Karen and Tracye depend on her for advice whenever "man trouble" clouds the horizon. But when Shanté's boyfriend Keith is caught red-handed stepping out with a co-worker, Shanté institutes her "Ten Day Plan" to get her man in line. Whether its sexy lingerie or good home cooking, Shanté has an arsenal of weapons designed to bring a man to his knees...and back to her. She's not above playing the damsel in distress or using the ever-reliable local grapevine to get Keith's attention. It's all good, because getting her man back - by any means necessary - is all that matters. Unfortunately the happy ending that Shanté expects goes sideways when Keith begins following the advice of his buddy Tony, who brings a player's perspective to the games girls play. In this comedic battle of the sexes... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual dialogue | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Make Your Man Behave in 10 Days... Or Less  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,720,942 (USA) (7 September 2001)


$22,235,901 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vivica A. Fox turned down this role a few times because she didnt approve of the script at first. But she obviously did it and it was her first starring role. See more »


The bouquet of flowers is unwrapped when Shante receives them at the beginning of the movie. When the top of the convertible opens, they are wrapped in plastic. When she arrives home, they are unwrapped again. See more »


Tony: The CIA ain't got shit on a woman with a plan!
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »


References Waiting to Exhale (1995) See more »


Go Ahead With All That
Performed by Chante Moore
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Give this movie a break and a laugh.
17 June 2003 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Just wanted to say that I think that a lot of viewers are really hard on this fun romp between African-American Professionals. You see, if you don't like it, you probably can't relate to relationships, or African-Americans. If you are African-American and you don't like it, well, all I can say is that you must be young. Anyone over the age of 35, would probably enjoy this light-hearted matching of wits between Shante'(Vivica Fox) and Keith (Morris Chestnut). The reason that age comes into view, is because growing up in the 60's, there were plenty of light-hearted romance comedies to enjoy. With one exception. You didn't see African-Americans in those movies. In the 70's, people like Richard Pryor provided us with plenty of funny movies, along with Veteran's such as Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Romance comedies never quite made an impact within our community. And the love stories that did make it, such as "Melinda" starring Richard Roundtree and Vonette McGee, were dubbed blaxploitation movies and not given the exposure that movies garner today. I enjoy African-American films that are light-hearted, because the urban experience is often depicted as violent, drug-related, and unintelligent. We have plenty of movies for our children to see that offer no intelligent plot, and continue to perpuate stereotypes that we have been trying to tear down forever. Seeing African-American professionals deal with some of the challenges of nurturing a relationship in the 2000's was a lot of fun. That is, if you are looking for a little break from the shoot 'em up, drug-smoking, genre's. Women do have a tendency to expect certain things from men, and vice versa. Any game can be taken too far, which is what the movie depicts. No, it couldn't and should not have been an "Academy Award Nominee" by no stretch of the imagination, but it is highly entertaining and does have it's comedic moments. When movies are being made with names like Dumb and Dumber, and How High? I think I'll keep my viewing priorities straight and preference a movie like this over them.

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