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Two Can Play That Game (2001)

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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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Mark Brown

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Cast

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
Ray Wise ... Bill Parker
Bobby Brown ... Michael
Dondre Whitfield ... Dwain (as Dondré T. Whitfield)
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Rules are Simple. There are No Rules.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,720,942, 9 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,235,901, 28 October 2001
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Screen Gems,C4 Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Morris Chestnut and Vivica A. Fox both starred in a sitcom "Out All Night" from 1992-1993. See more »

Goofs

Tony asks Keith what the First Law of Thermodynamics by Sir Issac Newton is. It was actually stated by Rudolf Clausius and William Thomson (Lord Kelvin). See more »

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Tony: The CIA ain't got shit on a woman with a plan!
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Outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Salon (2005) See more »

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Kitty Kat World
Melky Sedeck Sampled "Just Kissed My Baby"
Written by Joseph Modeliste (as Joseph Modeliste, Jr)., George Porter (as George Joseph Porter, Jr.), Art Neville (as Arthur Lanon Neville) and Leo Nocentelli
Performed by The Meters
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Cute, charming, romantic comedy
1 August 2002 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

Here's a romantic comedy that doesn't devolve into utter stupidity or becomed mired in inanity. It moves along at a nice pace, and though it's basically a silly movie, that's entirely forgivable since it never takes itself seriously. The plot line is wafer thin in that it tracks the breakup of two affluent African Americans, but what is very funny is the strategizing back and forth; Vivica Fox of course has, or thinks she has, all the right steps in playing this game, but Anthony Anderson as the adviser to Fox's boyfriend, helps him counter a number of her moves.

The fact that Fox's character speaks directly to the character works as a plot device, it moves things along and really gives insights into the character that, inasmuch as she is always scheming whether with her boyfriends or girlfriends, is the only way we'd get that info.

The fact that this is a "black" movie is almost entirely irrelevant--there are a couple of scenes where Anderson and Chestnut are going back and forth with terms like "preach it" from what sounds like a black church meeting, but that just adds to the charm, it avoids all those awful ghetto cliches that seem to infuse Martin Lawrence style movies.

The movie is kind of a female version of a terrible Eddie Murphy vehicle from a decade ago called "Boomerang" about a womanizing ad executive, who has certain tactics when dealing with women. But it avoids the nasty aspects and plain stupidity of that movie.

This one isn't going to win any awards, but its a pleasant time, and everyone knows how what's going to happen in the end, the fun is watching the two go back and forth with their silly tactics--one of the funnier scenes involves some half baked philosophizing about "transferrence of energy." This one is worth the time.


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