run time: 122 mins
considered: Comedy, Romance
director: Tim Story
starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Jenkins, Jennifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Chris Brown, Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd
movie summary: Steve Harvey wrote a book entitled “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” which turned into a movie script featuring an ensemble cast of well-known actors and actresses playing out each relationship described in the book.
The story follows five best friends who gather once a week for their regular basketball game, there’s Cedric (Kevin Hart) who just got divorced and is loving his new single life, there’s Dominic (Michael Ealy) who is just a regular cook at a restaurant that dreams of opening up his own place. Micheal (Terrence J) is a grown man in his late 20’s who still lives with his mom that cooks his dinner and does his laundry. We have Zeke (Romany Malco) who is the player of the group, he has so many moves that on any given night he can pick up any girl at the bar. Finally there’s Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) who has probably the most beautiful girlfriend out of the bunch but he has no desire to actually settle down, get married, and move past his partying days. There’s only one guy, Bennett (Gary Owen), who is happily married with kids. The guys don’t understand him, his lifestyle, or how he could always be happy but he tries his best to tell the guys relationships involve work and they are not that bad if you find the right person.
When Harvey’s book hits the shelves the women flock to pick up a copy. The five girls which the boys will meet all have a copy and are highlighting the heck out of them. Dominic falls in love with Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), a smart businesswoman who doesn’t need a man to complete her life, she just wants another business minded guy to go out to fancy dinners and work a hectic lifestyle so she doesn’t need to see him all the time. Michael meets Candace (Regina Hall) at the book store where she is buying a copy of Harvey’s book. They used to go to high school together and now Candace is a single mom. Kristen (Gabrielle Union) has been with Jeremy since college, they own a condo together but she’s getting impatient with his lack of committment to their long-term relationship. Finally there’s Mya (Meagan Goode) who is tired of being played by guys so she develops a 90-day rule, she doesn’t last the whole 90 days once Zeke begins to court her and she falls for his charm.
The guys continue to meet up for basketball every week where each one brags about the new developments in their love life. Dominic and Michael find out that Lauren and Candace are best friends so agree to watch each other’s back, Zeke complains that Mya has locked everything up so the only action he’s getting is a goodnight kiss. He is ready to dump her while Jeremy is upset with Kristen for redecorating the house without his permission and putting all his action figurines and posters in storage. Cedric meanwhile spends his time bragging about all the action he’s getting even though everyone knows he’s lying and just trying to be more macho around the guys. They plan a wild night out to celebrate Cedric’s divorce being finalized when Bennett starts talking about this book his wife and mom are reading called “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man”. The guys are sitting in the back of the party bus upset that Harvey would turn on his fellow brothers like this and sell out all their secrets. Dominic calls a bookstore and they swing by to pick up a copy which pisses Cedric off because he just wants to celebrate his freedom at the strip club.
They gather at Michael’s house where the all take turns reading parts of the book, they can’t believe that each of them have been played by their respective girlfriends based on what they have read. They form a pact that each one will go out and buy the book to flip the tables around on the girls. Zeke steps up his game and instead of trying to just sleep with Mya he puts more efforts into being romantic, Dominic tries his best to impress Lauren with his ideas about starting a business, while Jeremy finally starts to get serious about his relationship. Michael meanwhile a tries his best to put space between himself and his mom to make more time for Candace and her kid. At this point everything appears to be running smoothly for the all couples until everything collapses one disastrous night. While cleaning up in the bedroom Kristen finds the book in Jeremy’s dresser filled with highlighted parts in the section that pertains to their relationship. When Jeremy returns home that night he finds all his stuff from storage in the living room and Kristen is gone. This was only the beginning for the guys as the dominos begin to topple over for everyone.
All of sudden everyone is single except Bennett and Cedric who really misses his wife and wants her back. The guys agree that their lives are miserable without the girls so they launch a plan to get them back even they know it may to late and the damage may be done.
my thoughts: On my way to watching a 100 movies in a year back in 2012 I stumbled across Think Like a Man. I didn’t know much about the movie going in except that Kevin Hart is really funny, and just like the many other roles he is extremely loud and obnixous. Hart doesn’t have a major part of the storyline but steals the majority of the scenes he’s in. Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union are the other big names in the cast that fills out really nicely and provides us an introduction to other people like Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Jerry Ferrera, and Romany Malco. They do a great job at playing their roles within the story and have amazing chemistry together, there’s no awkwardness between them and the jokes just keep flowing without any interruptions.
The story about the rights and wrongs of a relationship is pretty simple and the director does a great job transitioning from each story to the other without any major breaks. The situations the guys find themselves will have you laughing out loud and when they finally get the upper hand on their relationships, you’ll laugh even harder when they act so cool and think they got this. Sadly the guys will end up on the wrong end of the deal twice in the same movie but their journey is definitely worth the price of admission/rental.
The girls in the movie know they have the goods and the ammunition, they arm themselves with Harvey’s book and are willing to put the guys through the ringer. Every women out there wants a happy ever after and the majority of these women are tired of bad relationships and are not willing to settle for less. They have high standards and with this new knowledge from Steve Harvey, they will set the bar extremely high for these loveable losers to reach.
Think Like a Man is a funny look at several different relationships all at the same time. Thankfully everyone is best friends so there is more interaction between the characters which helps move the story along. Before you head out to watch the sequel where everyone goes to Vegas to get married, sit back and enjoy the story of how everyone got together.
my star rating: 7 out 10
imdb.com: 6.5 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 53% out 100%
rogerebert.com: 2 out 4