Film Review: Think Like A Man Is A Surprising Winner
Think Like A Man, based on Steve Harvey‘s best-selling book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, is a fun movie that refreshingly makes the most of its all-star cast and provides filmgoers with lots of laughs and lessons in love.
The movie warms up once you get past cute but unnecessary cameos from Keri Hilson and Kelly Rowland and silly plugs from the actors (Michael Ealy name-dropping his last movie For Colored Girls and Kevin Hart‘s “laugh at my pain” line). Comedian Hart is not only the well-placed narrator of the film; he carries its funniest moments by himself. He begins the movie describing different types of men, lamenting how the”balance of power has shifted” between the sexes. Harvey, the book’s author, chimes in for screen time from start to finish, dropping gems for the ladies like, “Times have changed but your playbook hasn’t!”
Different scenarios are used to describe various relationships (“Single Mom vs. Mama’s Boy,” etc) and the cast does a good job with an often average script. After a prolonged amount of time where the ladies seem to finally be getting the upper hand, the fellas find out the ladies are reading Harvey’s best-seller book to “understand” them better. They then start using the theories to their own advantage, flipping it on the girls to preempt their concerns and act exactly how they want. When the females find out their men have discovered the book and are thus using its “lessons” to their advantage, the honeymoon is over, so to say, and everything breaks apart. Like Two Can Play That Game and similar films before it, when the “rules” are set aside and the couples follow their heart, all falls back into place.
While the majority of couples in the film have great chemistry, the live-in relationship between Gabrielle Union and Jerry Ferrara definitely fails to sizzle on-screen. Chris Brown‘s cameo as Megan Good‘s no-good fling is a little off and truth be told, it’s tough watching him on-screen again (he’s not the all-smiling, innocent teen we once knew from This Christmas). BET host Terrence J proves his thespian career is definitely more than a pipe dream, holding his own against seasoned actors Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall and Ealy, and Kevin Hart truly steals the show with his much-needed comic relief.
Think Like A Man is entertaining fare that does provide thought-provoking relationship scenarios and is guaranteed to generate many “Ooooh,” “I know that’s right” and “I hate that s*it!” moments from satisfied viewers. Check it out when it hits cinemas on April 20.