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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

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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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References She's Gotta Have It (1986) See more »

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Go Ahead With All That
Performed by Chanté Moore
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Above Par
27 September 2001 | by Big O-7See all my reviews

This would be standard middle-brow entertainment were it not for three factors that I'll discuss in a little bit. The concept, that women can be as deft "players" of the field as men, is certainly not new to most. It may be new to A level films, and it probably is new to director/producer Mark Brown, the creator of HOW TO BE A PLAYER. But it is not a concept new to almost any B level direct-to-video thriller, anything on Cinemax after 11pm, or to any newspaper. Women have almost always been better players (see Anna Nicole Smith, Leona Helmsley, that maid that married the Johnson & Johnson fortune, and almost all of the guests on either Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones, or Ricki Lake). But, this movie does have an easy going pace and sound track that combine to make it as smooth as a ride in Shante's convertible Jaguar. What makes the film stay slightly above average is the presence of the three lead thespians. First of all, let it be said that Anthony Anderson does in fact walk away with this film. He simply owns every second that he is on screen (including the out takes at the end). His natural and easy manner combined with impeccable comic timing simply makes him the de facto owner of the material, the screen, and the film as a whole. Next, Morris Chestnut, whether given a lot or a little (like here) to do simply comes off as likable. And in the main role, few actresses - good looking or not - could carry off the part that Vivica A. Fox plays. The film would not be believable were it not for this particular actresses commanding presence and astonishing good looks. She, like her character, is someone who has worked her looks and her intelligence to get exactly what she wants out of life, and she is not afraid to show it. So, if you go in not expecting too much, you will come out pleasantly surprised. A 7 out of 10.


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