A college student, who's taken a job as a stripper to make ends meet, must contend with the other dancers, as well as her younger cousin who's been seduced by the high paying, fast paced lifestyle. Both are seriously in debt to a loan shark named St. From that point on, Diana must not only contend with Ebony, but with Ronnie as well, who has now become her adversary. Probably only if they're fans of someone in the cast.
R For strong language, sexual content and violence. Considering the cataclysmic failures of both "Showgirls" and "Striptease" -- two high profile Hollywood films -- it doesn't seem like the best subject matter upon which to base a new project. Nonetheless, freshman director Ice Cube has decided to damn the proverbial torpedoes and sail full steam ahead. That's too bad because this lousy excuse of a movie is about to be sunk by both the critics no surprise there and most moviegoers alike.
Although in the production notes he's quoted as saying that no one had ever examined the Atlanta strip club scene his reason for doing this movie , his take on stripping isn't much different from other similarly based films. There's the standard "good girl" who's stripping only for a short while or just to make ends meet. Although nervous and uncomfortable at first, she soon becomes a pro and has no problems displaying her "assets. Like "Striptease,"the film tries to balance comedy, drama, and action, but neither succeeds at the balancing act, nor in presenting those individual elements.
While some audience members laughed at the absurdities, others loudly exclaimed just how stupid they were finding the film. Of course if you can find humor in a stripper spanking an ATF agent's bare butt with a paddle, or can laugh aloud at the sight of a man running alongside a car that's driving in circles because some thugs have trapped his head in the partially closed car window, then maybe this film's right up your alley.
For everyone else, though, you'll just sit there slack-jawed about why anybody would find most of the material even remotely funny. The biggest problem is that the motivation behind Diana's decision to strip isn't at all believable. Although she's presented as a working college student, and is weakly convinced by other dancers to join their "opulent" lifestyle, she never makes much money so her continuance in the profession for so long doesn't ring true.
Additionally, her character too easily and unbelievably alternates between liking and loathing her job, and stops only because the club finally burns to the ground where the story begins. Performances from the cast vary all across the board, part of which stems from mixing the comedic and dramatic elements, but is also caused by both decent and less than stellar thespian efforts.
We found that Lisa Raye delivered an okay take as the lead character, but mainly because this is her feature film debut. More impressive is another cinema rookie, Chrystale Wilson.
Although her character is anything but likeable, she certainly dominates any scene she's in. Jamie Foxx TV's "In Living Color" comes to the forefront at the end of the movie and breathes some much needed life into the story playing Diana's newest beau.
Unfortunately, it's too little and too late of an effort to save the production. While some viewers may enjoy parts of the film, the majority probably won't, and it definitely won't play well outside of major urban areas. Expect a very short run at the theaters and a quick trip to the video stores. Although occasionally, but only mildly interesting, it's simply not a very good film. We hope that Ice Cube will deliver a better constructed picture for his second time up at bat.
We give "The Players Club" a 2. There's plenty for parents to be cautioned about with this movie. Set in a strip joint, there are many scenes where we see semi-naked women bare butts, bare breasts as well as some sensual dancing. Profanity is extreme with more than 60 "f" words and others that fill the picture.
Several characters smoke pot, and others drink or are drunk. There are several quite violent fights, a heavy use of weapons to threaten or shoot at people although no one is injured or killed and one off-screen rape. In addition, bad attitudes abound from various different characters. If you or someone in your home wants to see this film, we strongly suggest that you look through the content first to determine whether it's appropriate.
Ronnie tells Diana to drink as much as she can and as fast as she can before going out to perform for the first time. Ronnie admits that her first performance was the most degrading time in her life, but after a few more drinks, she didn't mind it so much.
Ebony drinks in many scenes and is drunk in one where she nearly goes and has sex with two men. We see a flashback where Diana appears to be passed out presumably from drinking on a sofa and Ronnie comes over to take advantage of her sexually.
Ronnie and Ebony smoke a joint, and Ebony later asks her is she has another one before dancing at a party. Some men at a private party drink, and one of them shows Ronnie some marijuana he's got in a bag.
Ebony has a little bit of a bloody lip after being punched. Ebony is moderately bloody after being violently raped. Ronnie is quite bloody and Diana has a little bit of blood from her nose after the two get into a prolonged and violent fight.
In that case, Dollar Bill has both for running the joint, Ronnie and Trick have both as they persuade Diana to start, she has both for agreeing to do so, and all of the men who frequent the club have both.
Louis and his men have both as they're in the loan shark profession and use violence to get their money back. Ronnie not only persuades other women to join her profession, but she also gets them to perform "other" services and herself tries to or does sexually take advantage of them ie. Reggie and his friend plot to take Ebony, who's very drunk, off to some place to have sex with her but Diana stops that.
Later, Reggie is the one who sets it up so that Ebony gets raped at a bachelor's party. Diana comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with Ebony.
Some guys throw a bachelor's party where they've hired a stripper for a guy who ends up raping Ebony in the bedroom. Some guy follows Diana home from the club and then tries to get into her house as she tries to close the door to keep him out. A groom-to-be rapes Ebony at his bachelor's party we don't see any of it, but do hear the sounds. Used to threaten or shoot at others.
See "Violence" for details. Used to fire a rocket that destroys the club. Dollar Bill pulls out a gun when Li'l Man surprises him. Diana's father fires a handgun at a target, and does so to make it clear to Blue what he might do to him if he tries to take advantage of his daughter.
Diana fires a gun into the air to get everyone's attention. Ronnie has a pierced tongue and Ebony has a pierced nose. Louis' men have Li'l Man's head caught in the window of their car. Later, they drive around the parking lot with his head stuck there as persuasion to have Dollar Bill repay his loan. Some thugs put Dollar Bill in the trunk of their car.