How to Be a Player (1997)




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When it comes to loving women, Drayton Jackson (Bill Bellamy) is a real player, at least when his girlfriend Lisa (Lark Voorhies) isn't around. He is assisted in his quest for more girls by his buddies Kilo (Jermaine "Big Hugg" Hopkins) and Spootie (A.J. Johnson) and by his love-lorn cousin David (Pierre Edwards). Appalled, but somewhat fascinated by her brother's secret avocation, Dray's sister Jenny (Natalie Desselle) and her sweet girlfriend Katrina (Mari Morrow) decide to study his life-style for their anthropology class. They also start trying to scam him into cleaning up his act by tricking him into attending a special party in Malibu. A low-brow sex comedy aimed at young black audiences.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
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PolyGram Video

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Gilbert Gottfried
as Tony the Doorman
Bernie Mac
as Buster
Natalie Desselle
as Jenny Jackson
Max Julien
as Uncle Fred
Bill Bellamy
as Drayton Jackson
Jazsmin Lewis
as Pookie
Amber Smith
as Amber
Mari Morrow
as Katrina
Elise Neal
as Nadine
Bebe Drake
as Mama Jackson
A.J. Johnson
as Spootie
J. Anthony Brown
as Uncle Snook
Jamal Mixon
as Kid No. 2
Melissa Cross
as Sales Girl
Jerod Mixon
as Kid No. 1
Tara E. Davis
as Cute Party Girl
Devika Parikh
as Barbara
as David
Natashia Williams
as Pink Bikini Girl
D.D. Rainbow
as Jealous Girl
Edith Grant
as Peaches
Claude 'Pete' Bryant
as Chess Player
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Critic Reviews for How to Be a Player

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

I watched the whole movie and am still not a "player." Therefore the film is a failure. Plus it's also pretty awful.

July 25, 2002

Riddled with misogyny, glorifying slovenliness and brutish behavior, Def Jam's How to Be a Player doesn't even begin to come up with the nasty laughs of a Booty Call or Sprung.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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November 13, 2003

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May 23, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
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Audience Reviews for How to Be a Player


This movie seems rushed and attempts to be funnier than it really is which was a shame because I had faith in Bill Bellamy once upon a time.

Darrin Craig
Darrin Craig

For a movie about a ladies-man going from hookup to hookup, it seems surprisingly tame. The movie gets its name because this master womanizer is teaching two of his friends the tricks of his trade. Meanwhile, his sister and her friend are on a mission to sabotage him. The problem is the dialogue between the player and his pupils is not that funny. In addition, the women in this movie are portrayed more as sexy and do not provide much comedic value. Who says these characters cannot do both? Much of the movie feels like a collection of lead-ins for a porn, which is not a good thing. It is not all bad though. At least things pick up later, as the main character finds himself in a sticky mess. Side characters like Bernie Mac and Gilbert Godfried actually provide the best laughs. It is too bad the circus of different characters does not kick in sooner. There are funny moments here and there but in general, there is not enough humor in the mix to make this go.

Russell Guest
Russell Guest

This movie seems rushed and attempts to be funnier than it really is which was a shame because I had faith in Bill Bellamy once upon a time.

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