I just watched the original Think Like a Man a few nights ago in preparation for this movie and the first one was surprisingly good, though far from stellar. It felt like a bunch of strong women struggling to cope with emotionally unavailable boys. Maybe that was the point.
But now that our cast is mostly paired up and (somewhat) in love, what could this new movie bring to the table?
The gist. Michael (Terrence J) and Candace (Regina Hall) are tying the knot, so the whole crew heads to Las Vegas. The boys include Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, and Jerry Ferrara (Entourage). The ladies include Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and my new celebrity crush Meagan Good. They all have crazy hijinks in Las Vegas the night before the big wedding.
I had a major problem with the original Think Like a Man that it really portrayed the men as idiots. The women were smart, successful, and driven, while the men were all sex-minded, immature, and completely selfish. This movie rectified a bit of that, as they weren’t trying to play mind games to “win” the game anymore, but was about the struggles of being in a relationship, which was a little more interesting for me.
Kevin Hart still stole the show (as he’s basically been doing all along) but kudos to the other guys as well. Jerry Ferrara was especially impressive after his time as “Turtle” in Entourage and I liked his chemistry with Gabrielle Union. I didn’t think I could take him seriously but he was one of the emotional cores of the film for me. Comedian Gary Owen and newcomer to the franchise Wendi McLendon-Covey both stole quite a few scenes as well.
As a comedy, the movie didn’t disappoint me. It wasn’t as hilarious as 22 Jump Street, but I didn’t regret seeing it.
What didn’t work?
While this movie didn’t focus on the mistakes the guys were making, it was much more fair to both sides. Horrible things happened to them from beginning to end, in a similar style to The Hangover (and comparisons are inevitable). The comedy was fine, but I always have a hard time with movies that are just tragedy upon tragedy, as it’s hard to see movies like that as a form of escapism. I just got stressed out during big chunks of the film.
And while there were funny bits, it did take a long time to go from laugh to laugh. A little sparse.
If you enjoyed the first one or you’re a fan of any of this talent, you’ll likely enjoy Think Like a Man Too. It delivers enough laughs to satisfy you and has some surprisingly emotional moments in the climax. Is it great though? No. It’s okay. If you’re looking for a lot of mindless laughs and escapism, I’d maybe look elsewhere though.