Movie Review: "Think Like a Man"


“Think Like A Man” (Screen Gems)

Comedian Steve Harvey’s book on relationships, ACT LIKE A WOMAN, THINK LIKE A MAN, is now a romantic/comedy movie titled “Think Like A Man.” This film takes a look at four couples and shows how each benefits from guidelines presented in the book. The storyline is not so great but the entertaining charm of the couples is. In this film the actors’ looks and talent are the draw.

The males’ stories are told in sections labeled “The Momma’s Boy,” “The Dreamer” etc. The couples are Mya (Meagan Good) and Zeke (Romany Malco), Kristen (Gabrielle Union) and Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J), and Lauren (Taraji P Henson) and Dominic (Michael Ealy). Each actor is impressive in his/her role with Henson and Ealy being the most interesting and entertaining.

Side characters include Cedric (Kevin Hart) as a man going through a divorce. He keeps ranting and raving about his soon to be ex, Gail. His histrionics are hysterical and make him the comedic force in the film. Also good is Jenifer Lewis as Michael’s mother Loretta. Gary Owen has a small part as Bennett, the only happily married man in the group.

The stories are all predictable but getting to the happy endings is the fun of the film. Steve Harvey appears in the film but they probably didn’t have to pay him as the product placement of his book is continuous.

The movie is rated PG-13 for profanity and sexual situations.

This is a rom/com full of attractive men and women who enact their stories with good natured enthusiasm. Audiences can just sit back and relax as the predictable episodes unfold. Harvey’s book is the common element in all, but basically the story is the war between the sexes which has been the basis for movie plots for years and years.

As a date night movie “Think Like A Man” is a good thing. For general audiences looking for a movie worth the price of admission it is border line. There is nothing wrong with the movie but there is nothing exceptionally right about it either.

I scored “Think Like A Man” a battling 6 out of 10.

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