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Genre: Romance/Comedy
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Jason George, Tony Rock, Jazsmin Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Kellita Smith
Director: Samad Davis
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual References)
Year Made: 2008




- Deleted Scenes



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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When Byron hits the big time, no one is happier than his girlfriend Tiffany - that is until she catches him flirting with his sly new project manager. Call in the doctor - the Love Doctor that is. Using her knowledge of the male psyche and her new Five Step Program, Shante puts their relationship to the test and proves that when it comes to winning at love, you've got to learn to become a master at the game!


Love can be so simple, if only we stop playing games, like those in this movie which has its philosophy all set for you to snag that lady or man of your dreams, and convert him to that obedient lap dog that obeys your every wish. While Will Smith's Hitch was all about teaching that clueless man in gaining confidence to go after a hot girl way out of his league, Vivica A. Fox's Shante Smith is all about stepping in to assist those who need a lift in theirs and provide some quick fixing in troubled times.

And that's via her patented 5 Step Program, through which this movie decides to play out like an instructional video, especially when Fox breaks the 4th wall and addresses the viewer direct as she goes into the nuts and bolts implementation of her program. Otherwise, unlike the prequel which was made back in 2001 called Two Can Play the Game, she takes a backseat here as the movie is firmly about the rough patch that a couple Byron (Jason George) and Tiffany (Jazsmin Lewis) go through.

In a rip-off of television's The Apprentice, Byron is recently crowned as The Trainee, and with google-box fame comes unwarranted attention from the ladies, and making things worse is when your immediate superior of your new firm start hitting on you. When your girlfriend walks in when you're in a compromising position, that surely spells trouble with a capital T. So here comes Shante as she dispenses her brand of advice in counselling sessions that the couple attend, and so begin the bulk of the story that showcases a host of tips and tricks that couples play on each other.

The pace is quite uneven, and you'll dread watching the couple go through their paces as you wonder why they just can't bare their feelings and get it over and done with. Then again, that might mean we have no movie, does it? There's nothing rocket science about the 5 Steps Program, but you do have to agree that there are times which they make the obvious seem real because chances are you'll probably know of people who have utilized the exact same roadmap to punish their other half. Scene stealer here is probably Byron's good friend Gizzard (played by Chris Rock's brother Tony Rock), yet another loud mouthed trash talker who basks in his friend's fame to get women, and gets the better lines, even though they aren't politically correct. As Byron's confidante and chief strategist, it's actually more of a Four Can Play the Game instead.

In summary, if you're looking for a lazy Sunday matinee kind of show, then look no further than Three Can Play That Game. It's not as sophisticated as Hitch nor does it have any A-listers in it, but it does have its fair share of limited moments that will probably make you take stock and wonder if the same tactics had been applied by you, or worse, subtly on you, without you knowing!


Three Can Play That Game DVD comes with a total of six deleted scenes, running a total of less than 4 minutes. You get to play all, or select to watch each scene on its own. Frankly, they don't really add much if they're put into the movie, with nothing consequential in them to be warranted an inclusion in this section to begin with. Subtitles in English only are available here.

Besides the deleted scenes, you get a whole host of Previews like the prequel to this movie Two Can Play The Game, This Christmas, First Sunday, Are We Done Yet?, Damages Season 1, Crossover, Bobby Z, Stomp the Yard, Motives 2: Retribution, The Contractor and Edison Force. Phew! Oh, and since they're all from Sony, there's also a short "Blu-Ray is High Definition" featurette too.


No complaints in these departments. Despite being a straight to DVD movie, the technical aspects are not scrimped upon and we have quite a gorgeous anamorphic widescreen transfer in pristine conditions, though of course the nature of the movie didn't take advantage of the audio presentation available.



Review by Stefan Shih


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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