Teri Woods wrote crime thriller True to the Game in 1992, shopping it around for six years before finally opting to self-publish. When the book finally appeared, it sparked a boom in urban crime fiction, paperback melodramas written primarily for black women. It seems fitting, then, that the scrappy novel that could would be adapted into an equally shoestringy film. Scandal-plagued actor Columbus Short plays Quadir, a New York drug kingpin who falls for the charms of aspiring Philadelphia writer Gena (newcomer Erica Peeples). The nightclub scenes might lack the pizzazz that the plot dictates, but the film features a cast including the late Nelsan Ellis, and a cameo by Vivica A. Fox as a trap queen named Shoog.