New York Times - 09/07/2001
"...Likable....Ms. Fox's cool sexual self-possession is impressive..."
USA Today - 09/07/2001
"...Fox is winning as the charmingly conniving Shante....Chestnut is suave..."
Box Office - 10/01/2001
"...[Union] possesses a physical appeal that rivals any actress in movies today..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/07/2001
"...Among the movie's pleasures is the fact that everybody on the screen is very good-looking....[Vivica A. Fox is] glamorous and bewitching..."
Shanté (Vivica A. Fox), a glamorous advertising executive, is a heroine to all her girlfriends. She's the one they turn to for relationship advice--Shanté seems to have all the answers when it comes to romance and understanding men. So when she catches her boyfriend Keith (Morris Chestnut) seeing another girl, Shanté will stop at nothing to win back his affections and her own pride. She decides to implement a 10-day plan to eliminate her competition and get her man to mend his cheating ways. As she puts her plan into action, she speaks directly to the camera, very analytically talking us through every trick in the relationship bag. Shanté will "accidentally" run into Keith with a gorgeous Other Man; she'll ignore his phone calls; she'll even seduce him and then cruelly walk out before the deed is done.
Problem is, Keith doesn't fall for Shanté's games, and instead he gives her a taste of her own medicine. His friend Tony (Anthony Anderson), who is almost as strategic and savvy as Shanté, is advising Keith behind the scenes. This self-conscious tale of conniving, manipulative modern love hearkens back to the film director Mark Brown wrote in 1997, HOW TO BE A PLAYER.
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