The Players Club (1998)



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African-American single mother Diana aims for a career as a broadcast journalist. To finance her education Diana works as a stripper run by hustler Dollar Bill. When Diana's young cousin begins stripping at the club, people attempt to lead her into prostitution. Meanwhile Diana begins dating the club deejay.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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New Line Home Entertainment

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LisaRaye McCoy
as Diana Armstrong/Diamond
Bernie Mac
as Dollar Bill
A.J. Johnson
as Li'l Man
Ice Cube
as Reggie
Alex Thomas
as Clyde
Jamie Foxx
as Blue
Adele Givens
as Tricks
Larry McCoy
as St. Louis
Dick Anthony Williams
as Mr. Armstrong
John Amos
as Freeman
Faizon Love
as Peters
Judyann Elder
as Mrs. Armstrong
Charlie Murphy
as Brooklyn
Ronn Riser
as Professor Mills
Badja Djola
as The Doctor
Judy Ann Elder
as Mrs. Armstrong
Oren Williams
as Jamal at 4 Years
Jossie Thacker
as Stripper No. 1
Lalanya Masters
as Stripper No. 2
Ursula Y. Houston
as Dancer No. 2
as Girl
Bettina Rae
as Vanilla
Big Boy
as Joe
Brett Wagner
as Guy/Cop Party
Kenya Williams
as Student
Nigel Thatch
as Morehouse Guy
Master P
as Guy
Keith Burke
as Guy at Party
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Critic Reviews for The Players Club

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

... better than Showgirls * *But mister, please * *I'm afraid it falls a little bit short of Striptease.

January 28, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Showgirlz 'n the Hood.

Full Review… | October 10, 2001

Feisty, funky, sympathetic without being condescending to the bad hand dealt many single mothers, and rudely funny to boot.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

A bit uneven but works a lot better as a serious drama than its individual ingredients would make it appear to be.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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July 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Players Club


Funny but serious drama about a stripper and the life she hopes to get out of. Bernie Mac is his usual scene stealing self,

Barry  Lyndon
Barry Lyndon

I walked in a young lady and walked out a woman. Diamond is a struggling single mother that has to pay her way through college because she was adamant about going to a black college and her parents did not support her decisions. She also has a child and the dad is not in the picture. One day she is presented with an opportunity to work at a strip club to earn some extra income and she reluctantly takes the job. She quickly discovers life as a stripper has pitfalls around every corner. "He was the one that gave me the name Diamond; he said because I have a pretty face, but he never looked at my face." Ice Cube delivers The Player's Club in the only project he has directed. The storyline for this is just okay with some interesting dynamics and character situations they find themselves in. The plot suffers a little with trying to be serious with the strip club story with a mix of awkward comedic performances in a serious plot. The performances are a bit uneven but not bad and the cast includes LisaRaye McCoy, Ice Cube, Jaime Foxx, Bernie Mac, Michael Clarke Duncan, Charlie Murphy, Monica Calhoun, Terrence Howard, Big Boy, Master P, and John Amos. "Sometimes family brings you down faster than strangers." I found this on HBOGO and decided to watch it for the first time since college. It was fun because I had forgot a lot of the nuances of the picture. The overall outcome is fairly well done and I generally enjoy this movie. There are a ton of "could have been better" scenes, but I will say this movie is worth a lazy Sunday viewing. "Fuck all of you with a sick dick." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

had some funny moments, but bot great by any means

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danny d

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