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Awesome: 10.26%
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Pretty Bad: 2.56%
Total Crap: 5.13%

4 reviews, 15 user ratings

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Two Can Play That Game
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by Natasha Theobald

"Gets better as it goes along."
3 stars

Vivica A. Fox is a beautiful and talented actress, but watching even her yammer on at the camera got really old, really fast. Luckily, as the film moves along, there is less dialogue with the audience and more action among the characters. By the end, I was surprised to find myself caring about the finale. It was a shallow, "Hmmm, I wonder" sort of caring, but I was happy to see things come together well.

Shante (Fox) is the friend you turn to when you are having man trouble. She seems to have an answer for every question and the right way to handle every situation. She never thought she would need the advice herself, though. Her eyebrow is raised when Keith (Morris Chestnut) calls to tell her he will be working late instead of having dinner with her. When she then runs into him, out dancing with another woman, she dives into her ten day plan, designed to regain her man for good. But, Keith's friend Tony (Anthony Anderson) is also chock full of advice about how to play the game and get the upper hand. As things grow more complicated and the risks increase, these two people who ultimately want only to be together may find themselves sorry and alone. (Yeah right.)

As I said, Shante spends a lot of time talking straight to the camera, straight to the audience. It is effective in letting us know what she is thinking, but it seems like cheating a little bit. So, the movie plays like a Cosmo advice column, and Shante is outlining the rules of the ten day plan. The fact that she is playing games never ruffles her feathers, though it may lose her everything that is sincere and good about her relationship. Keith is more flustered and more real. While he does take the advice of others in playing back, it comes from a pure, heartfelt desire to repair what he has damaged. For me, he was the more sympathetic character.

Vivica A. Fox is funny and charming as Shante. She makes the character likable and understandable, despite her questionable activities. Morris Chestnut is stunning and stimulating as the man trying to find his way back. He is the object of desire, therefore the center of attention, and he holds the mantle well. Funny supporting performances are offered by Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tamala Jones, and Mo'Nique as Shante's friends and Anthony Anderson, who usually can make me laugh. Gabrielle Union also gives a "love to hate her" performance as Shante's chief competition for Keith's affection.

The movie moves fairly quickly, and the ride is mostly entertaining. While everyone involved does the comedy well, I would love to see them in similar situations played more for drama. I particularly look forward to seeing Morris Chestnut again in something more serious and realistic.

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3/05/05 OC-SurfGirl This is a great movie to watch with girlfriends. I loved it!!! 5 stars
12/10/04 Kristina Williams if your name is NOT ferris bueller, do not talk to the camera 2 stars
2/08/04 Ingo Politically correct and thus boring. 3 stars
1/30/04 Minty I really enjoyed this film, it's very light hearted 4 stars
9/29/03 Honolulu Tur Fox can carry a movie; hopefully, next time she'll be in one 4 stars
3/22/03 whitney washington I've seen it 6 times and counting 5 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby Obnoxious and self-adored. The cast forces their "charm" down your throats. 1 stars
12/28/02 spacecowboy-00x WTF? this was godzilla-sized shit.... 1 stars
3/08/02 Butterbean It was okay, but Eddie Murphy does it better in Boomerang 3 stars
2/27/02 malcolm funny, but kinda sappy too 3 stars
2/22/02 Kristi I LOVE Morris Chesnut!!! Oh he makes me drool... So Beautiful! Oh, the movie was alright. 4 stars
10/08/01 Shavon This is my favorite movie now!!!!! 5 stars
9/28/01 RK It had its moments but expecting more. 3 stars
9/26/01 Katrina This movie was da bomb! 4 stars
9/17/01 Shelly Briscoe Excellent - Unexpectedly funny! 5 stars
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