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June 28, 2014

‘Think Like A Man Too’ is a thoughtless comedy

-- — “Think Like a Man Too” (Comedy: 1 hour, 46 minutes)

Starring: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy        

Director: Tim Story

Rated: PG-13 (Profanity, sexual content, partial nudity and drug usage)

Movie Review:
“Barbershop” (2002) is still director Tim Story’s best film. It was a smart comedy delivered in an original style and message. “Think Like a Man Too” has none of that. This sequel, inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man,” is a lackluster feature, a cheaply made comedy. Humor happens, but the intervals are distant.

Several couples are in Las Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins). Their plans go awry when Cedric (Hart), the overhyped best man, and Loretta (Jenifer Lewis), Michael’s controlling mother, make the pre-wedding celebrations less enjoyable.

The women and men have their separate bachelor and bachelorette parties, but after plans go awry, the two groups find they are in an odd predicament that could ruin wedding plans.  

From its start, “Man Too” is loud. The music is blaring throughout, and the other loud item is Kevin Hart. Why is he yelling in every film?

Hart plays the same character in every movie. An inner-actor is present, but he can never make it to center stage because Hart’s usual comedic person appears first.

He overacts in this film. His goofy behavior and antics are often extremes. Hart is not the only goofy male character. With the exception of Ealy and Jenkins, the male cast members are goofy husbands and fathers seen far too often in modern cinema.

This portrayal exists mainly because of the sexist manner in which people think women are less funny.

Therefore, portrayal of men as the less intelligent part of couples is observable far too often in comedies.

The women must provide the credible moments. Leader of the pack is Jenifer Lewis as Michael’s mother. Her deep voice is distinctive, and her character is a nice touch away from the couples complaining about their relationships. At least, Ms. Loretta gives other characters something to complain about other than their significant others.

Hollywood has a noticeable manner of presenting couples in constant strife. Players complain enough that during the wedding, audiences should object when the minister asks if anyone thinks the couple should marry. That might actually be funnier than any scene in this comedy.

Otherwise, “Man Too” is repetitive. It offers nothing new for these characters, despite an attempt to recuperate with a meaningful ending.

One male director and two male screenplay writers are responsible for this. Do not think like them.

Grade: C- (The setting is Vegas, and this movie is a gamble.)

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