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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
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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