Celebrate Def Jam's How To Be A Player at 20
It's been 20 years since the classic movie Def Jam's How To Be a Player starring Bill Bellamy was released, and it needs to be celebrated.
Bellamy portrays Dray, a player that has one goal, have sex with as many women as humanly possible, even if he has a girlfriend name Lisa, portrayed by Lark Voorhies who famously portrayed Lisa Turtle. As the movie opens up with Dray having a nightmare of getting busted by Lisa, he wakes up and says, "Getting caught is a bitch…so I've been told." After Lisa visits Dray before she goes work, Dray's sister, Jenny stops by with her friend Katrina, and things turn upside down.
Dray invites his friends to his mother's cookout and a party later in the same evening but not before Dray takes his friends on a tour in which he visits his stable of women as he goes home to home and seduces them after the cookout.
There are some hilarious moments from the late Bernie Mac; his wife is cheating on him with Dray, to the legend Max Julian as Uncle Fred giving Dray & his friends some old school game at the cookout. As the day progresses Jenny is fed up with Dray's "players don't get busted" talk, so she & Katrina decide to base their research project on how Dray treats women, and they try to put him in a hostile environment by inviting all of his women to the night party. Dray & his crew realize all of his women are at the party, and they somehow must help Dray escape, which he does in his own smooth & unique way. Jenny and Katrina notice their plan failed, but Katrina goes back to Dray's apartment; Katrina gives Dray back the numbers of the women he had stored in a secret device, however Katrina manages to seduce Dray, and according to him, Katrina got what she wanted, which was true but it’s all hell when Lisa comes to see him. As Katrina sneaks out, she leaves the words, "busted, adapt" on Dray's refrigerator as Lisa finally catches him and the film ends.
How To Be A Player is one of the most funniest & important films of the 90's, with a killer soundtrack by Def Jam, this movie also put Bill Bellamy on the map. Bellamy branched out to be the voice of Skeeter in Cousin Skeeter, star in films such as Love Jones, The Brothers, Any Given Sunday and a TV series titled Fastlane.
There were rumors about a sequel last year, I just don't know where they could take the story yo this time around, but I wouldn't mind seeing it. If you haven't seen How To Be A Player, please do, I’m still waiting for it to hit Blu-ray. You can stream it or watch it on-demand on a premium-cable network at the moment.
You can learn allot from this movie, good and/or bad, either way. 20 years later it's still a great comedy, here’s to hoping we can get another run for Bill Bellamy.