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TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME

 
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At Theaters: 9/7/2001 On Video: 12/26/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 31 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339915
Studio: Screen Gems/Palm Pictures
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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 Shante Smith. Shante 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.
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Comedy Romantic - This light romantic comedy will have most appeal to teens and young adults, particularly couples. Some salty dialogue may off-put older viewers, and some raunchiness make the film inappropriate for younger children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Vivica A. Fox KINGDOM COME, IDLE HANDS
Morris Chestnut THE BROTHERS, THE BEST MAN
Anthony Anderson LIFE, KINGDOM COME
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Tamala Jones THE BROTHERS, BOOTY CALL
Mo Nique
Gabrielle Union THE BROTHERS
Director: Mark Brown
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some clothed groping; sex talk.
VIOLENCE: One punch.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Lots of verbal/situational humor, much of it sex-related.
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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "The movie does have charm and moments of humor, but what it doesn't have is romance. Shante doesn't just narrate a little from time to time; she must have half the dialogue in the movie, even interrupting love scenes to explain to the audience in great detail what is happening, and why. What we basically have here is "Waiting to Inhale."

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Billed as a comic battle of the sexes, Two Can Play That Game should have focused more on the comedy and less on the battle. One would have liked to get to know these characters in more depth to determine what motivates them (besides a sense of competition and some petty jealousies). All's fair in love and war, but we expect more from movies.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "...a sassy romantic battle of the sexes with a refreshing African-American slant. Speaking directly to the audience (a device used reasonably effectively throughout the film), Shante opines: "The first time your man messes up, no matter how minor the infraction, punish him. Punish him hard." And boy, does she ever.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "Vivica A. Fox's bright-eyed sensuality keeps this otherwise trivial follow-up to "How to Be a Player" from being a waste of a good Saturday night date. There probably isn't another actress anywhere who could make that corny self-advertisement work."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 19 Moviegoers

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20-29Yg Adults (M)
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20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
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30+Adults (M)
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30+Adults (F)
6
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We were only able to collect 19 opinions. Not a well attended movie. The opinions are decent, but not great. The lack of any real low opinions makes it a movie I can recommend. You may not love it, but you should, at the very least, find it entertaining.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When it comes to matters of the heart, keeping her man happy and committed is all in a day's work for Shante Smith (Vivica A. Fox). Shante is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her best girlfriends Diedre, Karen and Tracye (Mo'Nique, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Tamala Jones, respectively) depend on her for advice whenever "man trouble" clouds the horizon.

But when Shante's boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) is caught red-handed stepping out with her arch-rival Conny (Gabrielle Union), Shante institutes her "Ten Day Plan" to get her man in line. Whether its sexy lingerie or good home cooking, Shante 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 Shante expects goes sideways when Keith begins following the advice of his buddy Tony (Anthony Anderson), who brings a player's perspective to the games girls play. In this comedic battle of the sexes, Shante's about to discover that not only are there no rules - she's not the only one playing.

With her relationship at stake and her friends checking her every move, Shante has to think fast and stay a step ahead of Keith if she has any hope of bringing her man back...with her pride intact.

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