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Love Lessons From Two Can Play That Game

May 25, 2012

I was searching for something to watch on Netflix the other day, and lo and behold, one of my favorite comedies from my high school years:

Two Can Play That Game

220px-Two_can_play_that_game_posterOkay, so I’m completely aware that maybe a third of you have seen this movie. Probably less. If you haven’t seen it, it stars Vivica A. Fox and some other dude I wouldn’t recognize if I saw him in the line at Food Lion. Cute, though. In 2001, anyway.

The movie is basically a long tutorial on dating. The main character is dealing with issues with her man, and she takes viewers through a step-by-step guide on how to punish your man when he’s in the wrong, and if he’s worth keeping, how to get him back. The only thing she isn’t prepared for is the fact he’s playing the game too.

It’s a pretty funny movie, especially if you have any interest in the anatomy of dating.

As I was watching, I realized there are many nuggets of advice throughout. I started taking notes.

And here’s what I learned from Two Can Play That Game:

  1. Men start to act up in the spring/early summer. It’s called breakup season – women wear skimpy clothes and men lose their damn minds.
  2. The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and sports.
  3. Men want a woman in public and a freak in private.
  4. If you aren’ t sure if your man is cheating on you, hide some underwear at his house, too big or too small for you. Then find them and see what he has to say for himself.
  5. The number one excuse of a cheating man: I was working late.
  6. If you catch your guy doing something wrong:
    1. Act calm. Don’t panic. Stay cool and act like it doesn’t bother you one bit. Less is always best. Now he won’t know what to do.
    2. Never let your friends know the whole situation, because they will give you bad advice and ruin your confidence.
  7. Whoever calls first after a fight loses ground.
  8. The person who messes up first calls first.
  9. When he calls you after a fight, never take the first call. Everything should be on your terms. Make him wait.
  10. Break up with him before he breaks up with you. Whoever breaks up with the person first, wins.
  11. When your man messes up, no matter how small, you have to punish him.
  12. When your man is messing up, never deal with the woman. Always deal with the man. Because there is nothing worse than two women fighting over a man.
  13. During a tough spot with your man, you need to make him jealous. You need a PR agent and a flunkie. Go to church. Be a little too friendly with another man. Hug him just a little too tightly. And do it in front of your PR agent (someone who spreads news fast). Your man will find out in short order and it’ll drive him crazy.
  14. Need a date? Go to church. All the major players go to church. Why? Because all of the freaks go to church. Go to the club Saturday night. Wake your ass up and go to church the next morning. All the girls that were backing their ass up in the club are singing in the choir.
  15. The CIA ain’t got shit on a woman with a plan.

Some of these are legit. You guess which ones.

What dating advice did you get from movies and TV?

Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!

Copyright 2012. Simply Solo blog by Catherine Gryp. All Rights Reserved.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2012 9:01 am

    i love this movie! i saw it when i was young, and it definitely shaped how i deal with men!! some of it is really good advice 🙂

    • May 26, 2012 11:17 pm

      Yay! Someone else who has seen this movie. Now, I can’t decide if it’s a good thing you internalized the advice, lol 🙂

  2. May 25, 2012 9:02 am

    I love this post! I’ve never seen it, but now I want to watch it.

    • May 26, 2012 11:17 pm

      Do it! You should let me know what you think. I could see you blogging about that movie for sure 🙂

  3. May 25, 2012 9:11 am

    Officially watching this flick over the weekend. Thanks!

  4. May 25, 2012 9:58 am

    Reblogged this on Sheryl Bit By Bit and commented:
    Good stuff to know.

  5. May 25, 2012 11:00 am

    Ha! This is great Catherine! Funny stuff. And who can’t use a little ating advice from 2001, right? Things were easier then. There was no facebook.

    Catching up on your blog, after being too busy to rad much for a while now, yay!


    • May 26, 2012 11:14 pm

      That’s hilarious… I didn’t even think of the Facebook connection. I wonder what kind of advice they’d have if that movie was made now? LOL

  6. May 25, 2012 11:00 am

    I like number four, will be saving that for future reference

    • May 26, 2012 11:14 pm

      Ha, right? I think I’d be too scared to actually do it though! It’s smart. In the movie, the guy found the underwear and immmediately had an excuse. Cheater! 🙂

  7. May 25, 2012 12:45 pm

    Havent seen the movie, think I need to see it and get educated asap

  8. May 28, 2012 6:35 am

    Numbers 1, 2 and 3 ring very true to me. I’ll have to see this movie to appreciate your full take but sounds great.

    Hope you have a great weekend too Catherine. I’ll tweet this out later.


  9. May 29, 2012 10:07 pm

    LOL, #1 is sad but very true 😉

  10. Nikki permalink
    June 23, 2012 12:11 am

    That absolutely cute guy you couldn’t identify is none other than Morris Chestnut, who is by far one of the finest black men in Hollywood and has been in so many movies it’s unbelievable.

  11. October 28, 2013 7:28 am

    This is best movie ever…Don’t break the rules,stay focused or else you will loose.

  12. mullar comash permalink
    November 14, 2015 4:58 pm

    I can’t u lose ur man through this process

  13. November 14, 2015 5:10 pm

    Won’t u lose ur guy through this rules

  14. April 22, 2018 4:42 am

    This is excellent work.


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