How to Be a Player

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How to Be a Player
How to Be a Player (DVD cover).jpg
VHS cover
Directed byLionel C. Martin
Produced byTodd R. Baker
Mark Burg
Preston L. Holmes
Russell Simmons
Written byMark Brown
Demetria Johnson
Music byDarren Floyd
Distributed byGramercy Pictures
Release date
  • August 6, 1997 (1997-08-06)
Running time
93 minutes
Budget$12 million
Box office$14 million[1]

Def Jam's How to Be a Player is a 1997 comedy film, starring Bill Bellamy, Natalie Desselle and Bernie Mac. The film was directed by Lionel C. Martin, and written by Mark Brown and Demetria Johnson.

The How to Be a Player Soundtrack, released by Def Jam Recordings on August 5, 1997, featured the hit single "Big Bad Mamma" by Foxy Brown featuring Dru Hill.


Drayton "Dray" Jackson (Bill Bellamy), who works as an A&R representative for Def Jam Recordings, is a playboy with only one goal in his life: to have sex with as many women as possible. He dreamt that he got caught cheating on his girlfriend, Lisa, (Lark Voorhies) only to wake up for the dream to remind him not to get caught. The women he sleeps with are all a secret from Lisa, who comes over to his house for a bit to see him, before heading off for work. Dray's sister, Jenny, (Natalie Desselle) also came by to his house to remind him about the cookout. Dray becomes fascinated with Jenny's friend Katrina (Mari Morrow), he also invited her to a party his friend was hosting, but she told him she was busy.

Jenny couldn't stand Dray's ways of how he treats women. As soon as Dray leaves, she and Katrina snoop around and find Dray's mobile black book of his women. Jenny plans to set Dray up at the party in a hostile environment, hoping that Dray, if he gets caught, will change his ways in the form of reform. As soon as Jenny and Katrina call the women and receive their numbers, they both leave out.

After Dray makes his daily rounds of having sex with his women (three of which are his main ones which includes: Robin (Beverly Johnson), a married woman, Amber (Amber Smith), a sexy thespian, and Sherri (Stacii Jae Johnson), a freaky dominatrix), Dray goes to the cookout for a bit before heading to the party. When he sees all of his women there, including Jenny and Katrina in which he found out that he was set up by them, he figures out a way get all of his women out of the party, without them noticing about each other and confrontation about Dray. He succeeds then heads to Jenny and Katrina to give a hindsight that when a player is put in a hostile environment, a player doesn't reforms, but that he adapts to the situation. Dray leaves to go home, because he would be there to wait for Lisa to come see him after a long day at work.

Dray was ready for Lisa. However, at the last minute, Katrina showed up to apologize, yet she becomes fascinated with Dray in which this entire time she also fantasized about him. Before leaving, she made a move on Dray and they ended up having sex, in which she ended up having her fantasy fulfilled. Lisa returns and Katrina was able to leave without her noticing. However as Lisa changed into her nightwear, she sees a dress, bra, and heels with smears of lipstick conveying in a message: "Busted, Adapt." It was clear that Katrina left those behind to set Dray up as Dray realizes that he finally got caught.



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1997 How to Be a Player
  • Released: August 5, 1997
  • Label: Def Jam
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