Think Like A Man—Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Terrance Jenkins, Gary Owen and Michael Ealy; PG-13 (sexual content, some crude humor and brief drug use); in general release.
Tonight I caught the midnight showing of Think Like A Man and I must say it was as entertaining as I thought it would be, I mean it does have Kevin Hart in so it’s not a surprise that it’s hee-la-rious! Not just romantic comedy funny, it’s a comedy show funny, so funny that at times you couldn’t hear some lines because the audience was laughing so hard.
The movie is based on Steve Harvey’s Best-Selling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. The story revolves around four couples trying to navigate their way through this hell of a dating world. Kristen (Union) is trying to get her long term boyfriend Jeremy (Ferrara), “The Non-committer”, to take their relationship to the next level and stop living like they are still in college. Mya (Goode) is tired of dating the same guy over and over so she buys Steve Harvey’s new book and decides to become the 90-day good girl. The problem is, her new love interest Zeke (Malco), who is “The Player” of the group is not really into good girls, well, only if they want to be bad in a good way. Single mom Candace (Hall) is hoping “Mama’s boy” Mike (Terrance J), can get away from his mother (Jennifer Lewis) long enough to actually be in a relationship. High-powered businesswoman Lauren (Henson) is trying to figure out if she can deal with a “Dreamer” like Dominic (Ealy) he has potential but is that enough. Then there is Cedric (Hart), who is going through a divorce and the only thing he wants to do is hang out in strip clubs and offer unsolicited advice.
When I pulled up to the theater I expected to see a few cars in the parking lot, I was not prepared for the onslaught of people out on a Thursday night to see a movie at midnight. The crowd was very diverse; you had couples, the single ladies, young and old. I asked some people what they were expecting to get from the movie, the majority of everyone said the same thing— they wanted to be entertained. It didn’t appear that anyone thought they would walk away from this movie with a new perspective on relationships, they all said they knew it would be funny.
A couple guys I talked to didn’t even know what movie they were there to see, they were on a double date and said their girls told them they wanted to go to the movies so they came. One man said he thought the role of gentleman and man would be defined in this movie, on some level I would say it was, but more in a common sense kind of way. The thing is we all know there is nothing common about common sense so hopefully he got what he came for.
One thing I heard consistently was, no one seemed to like the book, the people I talked to said the book didn’t have some new revelation about relationships, it was more about things they heard before, I can’t say because I only got to page three before I put the book down to never pick it back up again. Even if you didn’t like the book, the movie is entertaining.
Ladies I would suggest you go simply because of Terrance J’s eyes, we all know Michael Ealy’s eyes are beautiful, I was shocked at how attracted I am to Terrance J now ( I may even catch an episode of 106 & Park, well, I doubt it but the fact that I thought about it says a lot). I even liked little Turtle from HBO’s Entourage; he played the part of Jeremy, “the Non-committer”, yes he’s the 30 year old frat boy with little ambition, but he has an innocence about him that makes you fall in love with him a little bit. Speaking of Michael Ealy, he and Taraji are sexy together, in one scene he brings her breakfast (he made) in bed with his shirt off…yummers! I don’t know what was more sexy, him with his shirt off or the fact he cooked, let’s just say it’s a tie because there aint nothing like a sexy man that can throw down in the kitchen and the bedroom…umph, umph, umph. Mr. Malco looks pretty dang good shirtless also, after this movie we will no longer refer to him as the black dude from 40-Year Old Virgin.
After the movie, I talked to a few people and the overall consensus was, the movie was funny as hell, some thought it was insightful and kind of eye opening. I would tend to agree about the eye opening part because the one thing you saw in the parking lot was men opening the door for their women. It was almost comical the way they ran to the door to open it, so if nothing else, the movie reminded men that being a gentleman is still cool.
All in all, I think the movie was a success, the acting was on point and it was worth me leaving my house to catch a midnight showing on a Thursday night. It’s a great date night movie.
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Think Like a Man” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor and brief drug use; running time: 115 minutes.