Two Can Play That Game

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

Shant Smith (Vivica A. Fox) thinks she has the perfect man in the suave and intelligent Keith Fenton (Morris Chestnut). But when she spots him dancing with a beautiful co-worker in a club when he is supposed to be working late, Shant initiates a “Ten Day Plan” intended to make him appreciate their relationship. In side monologues to the camera, Shant explains each step of the plan as she tries to keep her mind off Keith by spending time with friends Diedre, Karen and Tracye (Mo’Nique, Wendy Robinson and Tamala Jones). Meanwhile, a regretful Keith seeks the advice of his charismatic, and slightly chauvinistic, best friend Tony (Anthony Anderson) as he tries to get Shant back without losing his pride. The battle of the sexes is on in this romantic comedy that will likely have some appeal outside the African-American community because of the universal theme of conflict between men and women.

Despite her sexually-active lifestyle and propensity for foul language, Shant attends church on Sunday mornings either in person or via television. But this isolated, redeeming moral element is countered by a diatribe from one of Keith’s friends who insists people only go to church to pick up those of the opposite sex. Sexual dialogue and action are constant in this film from beginning to end and sexual promiscuity is portrayed as a normal part of young single life. Many slang terms for sex are used, along with a very high number of crude terms and obscenities. Relationships are portrayed as games where the winner is the one who has the power. Teasing, frustrating and making your mate jealous is perfectly acceptable ploys in the game. There is some mild violence, but sexual content and language alone give TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME a losing score.

Preview Reviewer: John Barber
: Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (102) times - Mild 35, moderate 67

Obscene Language: Many (42) times - F-word 4, s-word 31, other 7

Profanity: Few (2) times - Exclamatory (Oh L!, L have mercy!)

Violence: Few times - Mild (woman slaps man; woman breaks lamp with bat; woman punches another)

Sex: Implied once (off screen)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Several times (women in low-cut top; beer company promotional girls in spandex shorts and tops)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman intentionally arouses man then leaves; woman plants another’s panties in boyfriend’s apartment to trick him into admitting infidelity; woman drops condom in front of boyfriend to make him jealous; references to self-gratification/ unconventional sex; highly suggestive dancing; man grabs woman’s behind)

Drugs: Several scenes involving drinking in bars/clubs; party sponsored by well-known beer distributor

Other: Woman attends church and watches church via television; Woman views relationships with men as competitions/games, tries to make boyfriend jealous and keep the 'power' in the relationship, multiple ‘product placements’

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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