Friday, September 14, 2001 at 1:00am

The romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game mines some of the territory previously explored in such vehicles as The Wood, The Best Manand The Brothers with one critical difference. This time the comrades are women rather than men, and the movie mostly presents the story from their viewpoint. Director Mark Brown (who also wrote the screenplay) even uses a device seldom used in these films, but becomingly increasingly commonplace in television: having the main character (Vivica A. Fox) directly address the audience on several occasions. Fox is sometimes witty, sometimes cynical, but always engaging, despite the fact this tactic gets a bit tiresome over the full course of the film.

Fox plays a highly successful, captivating and clever type who gives all her girlfriends advice on relationships. Of course, it is assumed that Fox

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