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.
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R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

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

½

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
½

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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