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A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant then he is.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 5.1/10 (11,535 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Reginald Hudlin

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry

Marcus is a successful advertising executive who woos and beds women almost at will. After a company merger he finds that his new boss, the ravishing Jacqueline, is treating him in exactly the same way. Completely traumatised by this, his work goes badly downhill. But then Jacqueline's more quietly attractive assistant Angela, who has been dating Marcus' best friend, shows herself more than a little concerned by his parlous state.

Writers: Eddie Murphy, Barry W. Blaustein


Eddie Murphy


Robin Givens


Halle Berry


David Alan Grier


Martin Lawrence


Grace Jones


Geoffrey Holder


Eartha Kitt

Lady Eloise

Chris Rock

Bony T

Tisha Campbell-Martin


(as Tisha Campbell)

Lela Rochon


John Witherspoon

Mr. Jackson

Bebe Drake

Mrs. Jackson

(as Bebe Drake-Massey)

John Canada Terrell


Leonard Jackson


A Player Who's About To Be Played.

Release Date: 1 July 1992

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000


Gross: $131,100,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Reginald Hudlin based Marcus' obsession with women's feet on a friend of his who would not date a woman if he did not like their back teeth.


In the basketball game that Jacqueline and Marcus are watching, 'Michael Jordan''s shoes change color.


Hey, um, you're not getting serious on me, are you?

Marcus Graham:
What are you talking about? Am I getting serious? What is that?

You know, do you want this to grow into a relationship where we're together ALL the time? God.

Stuff like that. Are you?

Marcus Graham:
Whoa. Excuse me. I know you're not telling me that New Orleans was a fling.

No, no, no. I had a great time in New Orleans. You know I had a great time in New Orleans.

Marcus Graham:
So, what's the problem?

I just think New Orleans was New Orleans, and we should leave it at that.

User Review

One Of Eddie Murphy's Funniest Films


After a terrible 1991 loanout to Hollywood Pictures for the weak comedy "The
Distinguished Gentleman", Eddie Murphy returned to Paramount the following
year and gave one of his all time best and funniest performances in this
romantic comedy with a twist. Murphy portrays Marcus Graham, a New York
advertising executive who is known by many people throughout New York for
being a notorious player, a man who will date a woman, get her into bed by
the end of the first date, judge her by the lovemaking and then dump her.
Marcus is quite happy with having this rather low lifestyle and way of
treating women. He goes around proudly reporting the previous night's
results each morning to his friends (David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence). One
day, an attractive young woman (Robin Givens) becomes the advertising
company's new boss. Marcus naturally feels that she will be his next target
for romantic using and gets more than he ever bargained for when she winds
up being the first woman ever who can see through his tricks and try to get
back at him for it (hence the title). Murphy is absolutely hilarious in his
role as a player who gradually learns to get lessons in treating women right
and Halle Berry has a early leading film part as another work colleague who
eventually comes between the Murphy/Givens love affair. Several other
popular character actors and actresses make appearances here too.