Since this original review, April 2012, its sequel, “Think Like A Man Too” released in 2014.
Directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, and released by Sony Pictures/ Screen Gems, the movie, Think Like a Man is a romantic comedy based on the best-selling non-fiction book by comedian, actor, and radio personality, Steve Harvey.
The movie centers around four women who want to break the cycles they have with the types of men they attract. There’s the mama’s boy, Michael, (portrayed by Terrence J BET 106th & Park). He seems upstanding, a good guy, and definitely someone to bring home to your mama, because his mama ain’t having it! That’s right. Mama’s boy already has a numero uno chick on the side and it’s his mama. That’s when single mom Candace (Regina Hall, “Scary Movie“), decides she can’t take anymore.
There’s the player, Zeke (Romany Malco, “Baby’s Mama”), who’s run his game for so long, it’s now well oiled and slippery until Mya (Meagan Goode) steps into his life. Only Mya is famous for falling hard and fast for the wrong men and initiates the 90 day rule, which has Mr. Player, checking his strategy.
Unhappily divorced man, Cedric (Kevin Hart), is a player wanna-be–an imposter–, going through a rocky divorce. He dreads the single life but pretends to be happy as a clam to his friends.
Finally, there’s the dreamer named Dominic, who needs a little nudge and ambition. Instead he’s paired with the strong, ego-maniac and independent woman, Lauren (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” “Person of Interest”), who wants more than he can possibly give.
The women want more from their men, and the men like things just the way they are. Eventually the women stumble across Steve Harvey‘s book and follow the steps to start “Thinking Like Man” in order to win respect, but the fellas soon find out they’ve been played and set out to give the women a dose of their own medicine.
There’s a cameo appearance by the amazing Jenifer Lewis (totally slept on, this woman is phenomenal) and singer/actor, Chris Brown (you know of the Rhianna drama) and the happily married man, Bennet (Gary Owen) who by movie standards, is bordering extinction.
Overall, the book and the movie are told mainly from the male point of view, so ladies, (as many have expressed to me) you may have felt (or will feel) duped by the book. Yes, yes, this is a best-selling book and Mr. Harvey did the Oprah circuit. After all, if Oprah says it’s good it must be right? Well, that’s a matter of opinion.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure many will feel there was a nugget of wisdom slapped between the pages of the book which is riddled with common sense scenarios. However, the movie redeemed it for me. After all, with a cast that includes femme fatale, Ms. Taraji P. Henson, the no non-sense, theatrical antics, of the loved and hilarious Jenifer Lewis, blue-eyed seducer, Michael Ealy, the warm and festive Romany Malco and his wonderfully, hysterical, five-foot something, jedi twin, Kevin Hart (who steals practically ever scene that he’s in), it’s not surprising that this movie hit number one, especially when you consider its competition (or lack there of) opening night.
Kan‘s On the Go Rating: Hot Dog and a Soda *** (3 Stars)
It was a fun movie, and great for matinee. You will definitely laugh in some areas, **ATTN KEVIN HART, GIVE THE OTHER ACTORS A CHANCE**, Overall, nice production, directing and editing. A believable and engaging ensemble cast (which will most likely trigger crazy book sales again). If you just have to buy the book, read it first, then see the movie so you feel better in the end.