Ahh this film..
Clichéd romantic comedies are a dime a dozen but recently clichéd rom-coms with black casts are scarce which gives this film the booster it deserves. It’s not so much the story that makes this film appealing for me – but it’s the badass cast that bring it together.
Think Like a Man is a film adapted from the book ”Act Like A Lady..Think Like A Man” by comedian Steve Harvey that offers relationship advice to women. The plot becomes a series of interlocking stories about a group of five close male friends partnered with women that are their potential soul mates however each man conveniently has a “watch out ladies” personality type that Harvey outlines in his book.
The couples: “Geeky grown man” with a childs mind Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) real estate agent Kristen (Gabrielle Union), the “mama’s boy” Michael (Terence J) and single but clued up single mum Candace (Regina Hall), the “dreamer-chef” Dominic (Michael Ealy) and Fortune-500 COO Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), the smooth-talking “player” Zeke (Romany Malco) and the lady who wants no man to get her cookies so easily (Meagan Good) and last but not least the recently divorced Cedric (Kevin Hall) and Gail. Of all the relationships I appreciate the twist in Michael and Candaces’ story because when we are first introduced to their potential relationship, I thought their problem would be her having a child rather than his overbearing and meddling mother.
The film reduces the war between the sexes and the infinite mysteries of romance and relationships to a bland, pandering assortment of commercial stereotypes. Hart is made to carry a large part of the comedic burden, and while he makes me laugh at various points, his jokes do quickly turn tiresome.
Chris Brown proves to be an actor in the making playing a cheeky lothario and his hilarious ”run for it” scene with Mya manages to be pretty amusing. We see him pop up again in various scenes calling Mya by other names that start with ‘M’ showing why she has her guards up with men when it comes to sex.
Lala Vasquez, Toccara Jones, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson are other celebs who make cameo appearances.
While the outcomes of the individual romances portrayed are fairly predictable, the chemistry among the cast members is powerful and they maintain the entertainment value. The story has been done before and is not original or innovative, and I didn’t learn anything new about relationships but Tim Story and Tyler Perry make it work.
Director: Tim Story
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Terrence Jenkins, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jay Ferrara
Screenplay: Tyler Perry, David A. Newman
Runtime: 123 mins
Enjoy the trailer