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.


Mark Brown


Mark Brown
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivica A. Fox ... Shanté Smith
Morris Chestnut ... Keith Fenton
Anthony Anderson ... Tony
Gabrielle Union ... Conny Spalding
Wendy Raquel Robinson ... Karen
Tamala Jones ... Tracey Johnson
Mo'Nique ... Diedre (as Monique Jackson)
Ray Wise ... Bill Parker
Bobby Brown ... Michael
Dondré T. Whitfield ... Dwain
David Krumholtz ... Jason
Colby Kane Colby Kane ... Calvin
Amy Hunter ... Nita
Lee Anthony Lee Anthony ... Attorney in Elevator
Ian 'Blaze' Kelly Ian 'Blaze' Kelly ... Tyrone


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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The Rules are Simple. There are No Rules.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, and Tamala Jones starred in the comedy film The Brothers, which was also released in 2001. 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 »


Shanté Smith: Hmm, men. They like a woman in public....and a freak in private.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »


References Waiting to Exhale (1995) See more »


Poppin' Up
Written by Damon Elliott, Electric City (as Michael "Mike-Mystique" Henry), Marquis Collins, Marthea Jackson
Performed by Yasmeen Sullivan
Courtesy of Magic Johnson Music/MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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silly fun
5 January 2003 | by MovieMusingsSee all my reviews

There are just wayyy too many cliches to take this movie seriously, but if you're up for a few laughs, you could do worse than to watch this romp.

This film may perhaps be Anthony Anderson's coming-out movie, because he not just steals the show, he dominates! After playing the bumbling type in both Kingdom Come and Romeo Must Die, here in TCPTG he is the driving force. (Granted, I haven't seen every film he's done, so he might have had other parts that demonstrated his talent; but note that after this movie he did Barbershop and appears lined up to appear in no less than 4 movies in 2003).

And, a tip of the hat to Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, she's a riot too.

I must admit, I think the significance of The Cosby Show, depicting upwardly-mobile urban black professionals, has played itself out so that we don't need to forcefeed images of rich black people (in this vein, the homey feel of Eddie Murphy's The Klumps as well as his unfortunately discontinued The PJs was ironically refreshing - I wish I could digress fully and explore this thought; if you want to follow up, email me).

Anyway, there are some golden moments in this movie. The first-person narrative was almost irritating at the beginning, but if you can endure the first 10 minutes of it, it is developed nicely into a decent tool to set up some of the coming laughs.

As a romantic comedy, I remember how much I enjoyed The Money Pit; my wife can't see what I see in that film. But, as an 80s comedy, it was both silly yet touching. And then there was the more mature Other People's Money, which had enough business tension that it was almost not a comedy, except for Danny DeVito. In other words, there are many ways in which to approach "the romantic comedy," and as such, there's plenty of room for TCPTG, if you are willing to give it the same slack you might give any other romantic comedy (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, etc., etc.,).

You know, it sorta sounds like I'm apologizing for this film. In a way, I am, because the elements of it that the average person will notice and have difficult with are the same elements the average person is blind towards in other movies.

Bottom line, for light-hearted fun, you won't be wasting your money to rent it.

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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,720,942, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:


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Production Co:

Screen Gems, C4 Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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