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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Screen Gems,C4 Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shanté Smith: Hmm, men. They like a woman in public....and a freak in private.
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Outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Kill Bill' (2003) 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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No pain, no gain.
27 July 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

In "Two Can Play That Game", an upwardly mobile Afro-Am professional woman, Shante (Fox), lays out the "rules" for playing the mating game as she takes the audience step by step, talking to the camera, through her own foible fraught relationship one rule at a time. Meanwhile her befuddled boyfriend (Chestnut) gets his own dose of rules and countermeasures from a know-it-all best friend (Anderson). The 95% comedy in this lively little romp comes from the interaction of the pair of protagonists with their kookie friends. The 5% romance comes at the end when the flick finally gets real. Fun stuff which gracefully straddles the black/white divide and avoids "ghetto", this flick will likely appeal most to females, particularly African-American females. (C+)


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