Think Like a Man
Steve Harvey on "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man"
Think Like A Man
Director: Tim Story
Writers: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Steve Harvey
Cast: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Jenkins, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Chris Brown, Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Caleel Harris, Arielle Kebbel, Steve Harvey, J. Anthony Brown, Thomas Miles, Sharon Brathwaite-Sanders, Tony Rock, Angela Elayne Gibbs, Omar Leyva, Chrisanne Eastwood, Jessica Camacho, J.B. Smoove, Luenell, Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, Shannon Brown, Rasual Butler, Darren Collison, Lisa Leslie
Synopsis: Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use
Note: In honor of "Think Like A Man Too", I've taken it upon myself to review the first one before tackling the sequel. Enjoy.
- Acting wasn't that bad.
- Kevin Hart was fairly decent in some scenes.
- The movie had a decent pace
- The character progression was handled fairly well; in spite of falling into every cliche imaginable.
- Most of the jokes are hit or miss, and heavily rely on the fact whether or not you're a fan of Kevin Hart's style of comedy.
- Kevin Hart doesn't have another actor to help balance out his overzealous acting
- The movie falls into every trope and cliche in the book, when it comes to romantic comedies.
- Extremely predictable, as you can easily tell how everything turns out just by watching the first fifteen minutes of this film.
- Characters are generic stereotypes
Don't hate the player. Change the game...
Although "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" has been a top seller in book sales, the film adaptation is nothing more than an average movie that's dwelling in amidst of mediocrity. Don't get me wrong, I would never say that "Think Like a Man" is a bad movie or anything, nor would I say it's one of the worst that I've ever seen. Quite the contrary, I've seen much worse. The problem with this film is that it borders along the lines of being fairly formulaic to the point that it's downright forgettable.
The characters are nothing more than generic stereotypes. For example, you have a playboy who only wants to have sex with as many women as humanly possible, but he ends up meeting a girl that's tired of guys using her for one night stands. And like all story arcs of this ilk, you know exactly how it's going to play out. You know at some point, he's going to realize that she's different from any other girl that he's slept with, and they're going to learn crap about each other.
You also have the momma's boy, whose mom doesn't approve of his new girlfriend. Like all stereotypical romantic comedies, the mom is portrayed as being the uberly strict mega b**** towards the girl that's dating her son; hence you know at some point the son is going to have to choose between his mom and his new girlfriend.
Of course, lets not forget about the dreamer guy that's currently an out of work chef that only needs a girl to believe in his dreams, but he ends up meeting a girl that only cares about a man's financial success. Meaning if you're not part of the fortune 500 club, then chances are you're not going to be hooking up with her.
And last but not least, we also have a guy with commitment issues, while his girlfriend gets frustrated about it.
Gee, I wonder how all these story arcs will play out. For those of you who can't tell, I'm was being sarcastic during that last sentence. The reality is if you've seen a lot of romantic comedies before, then you know exactly how each of these relationships are going to pan out. You know at some point they're going to fight and breakup, but you know they'll work everything out in the end anyway. This film is nothing if not insanely predictable.
However, I can normally forgive predictability in a romantic comedy, as long as it's entertaining. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case here. Most of the jokes are hit or miss throughout this film. And, it's told entirely through Kevin Hart's character's point of view; which means if you're not a fan of his style of comedy, then chances are you're not going to find anything in this to be funny.
Although Kevin Hart has his moments throughout this movie, the reality is he's not a great actor. In every movie he's in, he always plays himself into the role rather than becoming the character. Not saying that's a bad thing. After all, John Wayne became an iconic actor doing the same damn thing throughout each part he played. But unlike John Wayne, Kevin Hart doesn't have a charismatic personality to get away with it in most cases; hence he needs another actor to balance him out (i.e. Ice Cube in "Ride Along").
Sadly, in "Think Like a Man", there's nobody that balances out Kevin Hart's acting. If anything, the film treats his character like a running gag. Throughout the entire film, you'll hear Kevin Hart's voice narrating various parts of the story, and then he'll disappear while that story plays out. Every now and then, he'll pop up to provide a brief glimpse of comedy relief; while the other actors just stand back and watch most of the time.
Sure, Kevin Hart tries his best to provide comedy in this film, but it seems like most of the jokes involving his character aren't written particularly well. If anything, it seems like most of his lines were improvised, as that would explain why most of the actors rarely reacted to his shenanigans throughout this movie.
As for the other actors, I thought they all played their parts rather well. Granted, I wouldn't say anyone here gave an Oscar worthy performance, but it's fairly decent. The film moves at a nice pace, and I have to admit the character progression in this film felt genuine. Sadly, the character development and story arcs still had the problem of hitting every cliche in the book though; which makes the film come off as generic.
Overall, I wouldn't call "Think Like a Man" a bad film, but it's a fairly mediocre movie at best. It's worth renting if you're into Kevin Hart's usual style of comedy, or you just love urban romantic comedies in general.
However, if you want my advice, then I'd recommend checking out "Ride Along" instead if all you're looking for is a decent Kevin Hart comedy. Or if you just want to see a great romantic comedy, then might I recommend such films like "Crazy, Stupid Love", "Silver Linings Playbook" or "Tootsie" perhaps? All these options are way better than watching "Think Like a Man" if you want my honest opinion.
For some damn reason, the title of this movie reminds me of this song.
© 2014 Steven Escareno