A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

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Ice Cube

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Ice Cube
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Cast overview, first billed only:
LisaRaye McCoy ... Diamond (as Lisa Raye)
Dick Anthony Williams ... Mr. Armstrong
Judyann Elder ... Mrs. Armstrong (as Judy Ann Elder)
Chrystale Wilson ... Ronnie
Adele Givens ... Tricks
Bernie Mac ... Dollar Bill
Anthony Johnson ... L'il Man (as A.J. Johnson)
Jimmy Woodard Jimmy Woodard ... Miron
Montae Russell ... Lance (as Monte Russell)
Oren Williams ... Jamal @ 4 Years
Monica Calhoun ... Ebony
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Stripper #1 (as Jossie Harris)
Lalanya Masters Lalanya Masters ... Stripper #2
Ursula Y. Houston Ursula Y. Houston ... Dancer #2
Annie O'Donnell ... Lady
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Storyline

Diana, a young mom working at a shoe store meets two strippers, Tricks and Ronnie. They tell her that she should work at The Playa's Club for big money. The woman accepts and soon introduces her cousin into the club. Then she finds out that her cousin is doing housecalls which Tricks bribed her to do. One day Diana returns to her house after almost being raped by an obsessed fan and finds her cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend. She kicks her cousin out and starts dating Blue, a DJ at the club. They go out one night and Diana's cousin calls asking her to pick her up from a bachelor party. Diana refuses and soon after her cousin is raped. Now she has only one option, to put Tricks in her place. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

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Make the money. Don't let it make you. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

Monica Calhoun and LisaRaye McCoy would later star together in Civil Brand (2002). Although they play cousins in this movie they play friends in Civil Brand. See more »

Goofs

Seconds before Diamond pulls off her top, she is shown topless, but only for a second and a half. See more »

Quotes

Diamond: I loved The Players Club for offering women a way to reach their goals in life. But I also hated The Players Club for all the girls it destroyed in the process.
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Crazy Credits

After the ending credits, two Ice Cube videos are shown. The first video is Ice Cube - We Be Clubbin. The second video is Ice Cube featuring Mr. Short Khop - My Loved Ones. See more »

Connections

References Good Times (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Sho Nuff
Performed by Tela, Eightball and MJG
Written by Tela (as W. Rogers), Eightball (as P. Smith), MJG (as M. Goodwin), S. Arrington and P. Alexander
Courtesy of Suave House/Relativity Records
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The black man version of "Striptease" mixed with "The A-Team"
16 May 2002 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Ice Cube probably will never be as revered or respected as much as his cohort, the late Tupac Shakur, when it comes to rapping or acting, but he's getting there. I liked his performances in Friday, Next Friday, Three Kings, and especially in Boyz 'N The Hood. Now the Cube attempts to direct a film, and this is his first project.

Every Black American I've known has seen this movie; they have pride in seeing their brothers make films. Although this one is not great; it's watchable and it's quite good in spots.

The story is about a young lady named Diana who comes from a well-off family. She had a child out of wedlock. Her parents want her to go to their alma mater, but she wants to go to another school that the parents disapprove. They get into a big fight, so she leaves them to go to her university of choice. Of course, she doesn't have enough money to go to school and raise her child, so she decides to become an exotic dancer at a black club. The club is owned by a man who is in big trouble with loan sharks.

Later, a cousin comes to visit for the summer, and seeing Diana working there, decides to get a job there, too. Unfortunately, Ebony is drawn to the seediness of the people, and Diana must monitor her closely, because she's underage (18-19)

Of course, all the usual stereotypes are here, the fat stripper who's booed of the stage, the outlandish show-offy dancers, the slow-witted stalkers, just like how it was done in "Striptease", but it's not played for laughs. There is one funny scene in which the loan sharks stick Jamie Foxx's head in the car and drive around with him still on his feet when he tells them he doesn't know where the club owner (Bernie Mac) is.

The acting is either weak or over-the-top. LisaRaye, as Diana, is not a good actress, but she does look good. The others are either weak as well or go way overboard. The ambience, though, is quite good. The direction is decent, but the script is filled with cliches and other Black sayings that have been done to death.

Why did I compare it with the A-Team? Despite the extreme violence stemming from beatings, arson, assaults, etc. no one dies! Just like how The A-Team and the bad guys have balletic shoot-outs, no man is ever shot and killed. Not a single person is killed in this film, which at least is a positive thing; that every one gets a second chance to amend themselves. If you're a fan of Ice Cube; this isn't bad, but I'd rent it on the cheap if you've seen everything else.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Players Club See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,894,607, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$23,047,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,261,485
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New Line Cinema See more »
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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