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Two Can Play That Game

Two Can Play That Game

Could it be that Two Can Play That Game is the continuation of what made The Brothers a fairly plausible variation of Waiting to Exhale?  But this year's cinematic He Said, She Said doesn't make for much original comedy in the vein of Forrest Whitaker's film making of Terry McMillan's bestseller.

As in The Brothers whose partial cast list and some of the film makers were handily retained by Mark Brown in his directorial debut, the fine-looking performers earnestly work to make Two Can Play That Game appealing.  But Brown, the writer of How to Be a Player, appears to be repeating himself.  Vivica A. Fox as the chic Shante Smith is laden with cutesy camera talk that wears out its welcome.  Shante is an advertising executive who has the wardrobe suited to her lifestyle and posh digs.

The story turns on Shante's discovery of her beau, Keith (Morris Chestnut) in the arms of her rival, Conny (Gabriel Union also in The Brothers) on the dance floor.

The rules according to Shante is her modus operandi to make her player regret his stepping out of their relationship and be filled with the humility that will allow the 10-day plan to get him back the way she feels is right.

Fox and Chestnut aren't that successful in their headlining roles as their acting can't quite compete with Debrae Little's fashioning of Shante and Keith.  And Union is luminous when she's on view but is mainly on hand to stoke Shante's fire.  Faring better is Anthony Anderson's edgy Tony and the equally self-conscious Mo'Nique who deliver the more memorable humorous lines.

Though Two Can Play That Game has Brown in a silky mannered control how girlfriends bond on how to keep their men, another Brown, Bobby, might have brought more pizzazz to this game if his buck toothed Michael was given more of an appearance than having a make over by Robinson's smooth Karen.

Two Can Play That Game

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