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Review: Think Like A Man

Think Like A Man
Apr. 21, 2012by:
2 10

PLOT: There is trouble brewing for a group of buddies searching for a love and sex in the city. When their prospective mates start reading a popular dating guide, the girls realize that they need to be treated right. What ensues is a whirlwind of romantic entanglements and the struggle to find the right catch. Nah, it is really all about selling more copies of Steve Harveys book.

REVIEW: If the idea of watching an infomercial for Steve Harveys book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment sounds appealing, then by all means you should immediately head over to the local multi-plex and go see THINK LIKE A MAN. From the introduction of the myriad of stereotypes to the hokey dialogue, you could easily turn on late night television to find something similar in substance. The new film directed by Tim Story is empty and soulless, wasting the talent in front of the camera and probably behind as well. THINK does anything but what its title suggests, it just talks to hear itself talk.

The film begins with a cute - and dare I say entertaining bit of animation exploring how men have progressed (or not). It all goes downhill from there as we are then introduced to the players. This includes the player, the non-committal, the recently divorced and a couple of other cardboard cut-outs posing as characters. Most of the films leads feel as relevant as a Threes Company episode from the late Seventies. The men meet their prospective mates and thus the games begin. In terms of the ladies, they are all talking about that new Steve Harvey book (see above) and how insightful it is about men. Faster than you can say Oprahs Book Club, there are numerous moments of back and forth between the players, none of which are worth rooting for.

It is a shame to see several talented and charismatic actors put to waste here. Michael Ealy as Dominic is certainly engaging enough as the guy with little ambition but lots of heart. His gal Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) gives us what she can as the woman who will only date a successful fella. Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Terrence Jenkins, Jenifer Lewis and Romany Malco try their best to add a sense of heart and soul to this hollow script yet nobody could save this overly long book advertisement turned predictable romantic comedy. You could probably watch the trailer and figure out who ends up with whom and save yourself a bunch of money in the process.

The most irritating thing about THINK LIKE A MAN is Kevin Hart and the grating narration that he provides. Apparently the audience is much too stupid to figure out who is dumping who so they offer up his witty insight nearly every other scene. Oh thank you so much Mr. Hart for letting us know that Lauren realized Dominic was really a waiter and not a successful chef! How would we have known otherwise even though we just watched the f*cking scene? This is not the fault of Hart himself, just the lazy storytelling involved. This is a near painful experience watching as another woman passes on this book to another innocent bystander. Where was the 1-800-number to let us know where we can order this perceptive piece of literature?

In all honesty, I really wanted to enjoy this. Sure the trailer didnt thrill me, yet when you have Steve Harvey playing Steve Harvey and giving relationship advice to desperate women, there might have been some ironic entertainment to follow. Alas, there is none. THINK LIKE A MAN is a dull experience which insists on pointing out the obvious and screaming BUY MY BOOK! Maybe the book is life-changing and if it helps women understand the opposite sex then that is just fantastic. Here is an idea that somehow came to mind buy the book and skip the movie.

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2:56PM on 04/21/2012
This film looked insulting just based on the title. The trailers were just...ugh.
This film looked insulting just based on the title. The trailers were just...ugh.
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1:16PM on 04/22/2012
The title is based on a book of the same name, written by Steve Harvey, a man. Just putting that out there.
The title is based on a book of the same name, written by Steve Harvey, a man. Just putting that out there.
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11:04PM on 04/21/2012
Why are all these comedies aimed toward black people so horrible. So many funny black comedians yet every time they try to make a movie for the black community it just turns out shit.
Why are all these comedies aimed toward black people so horrible. So many funny black comedians yet every time they try to make a movie for the black community it just turns out shit.
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4:19PM on 04/21/2012

Based on that last picture, I can honestly say...

Gabrielle Union is too much woman for Jerry Ferrara. In ANY film. Probably would be in real life, too.
Gabrielle Union is too much woman for Jerry Ferrara. In ANY film. Probably would be in real life, too.
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1:14PM on 04/22/2012
Why all the negative ratings as if this is the worst film ever? It didn't even get that bad of reviews. In fact, many critics have stated that this is one of the BETTER rom-coms out there, and considering how much money it made over the weekend (which is A LOT), many people seemed to enjoy it as well. I really don't get the hate.
Why all the negative ratings as if this is the worst film ever? It didn't even get that bad of reviews. In fact, many critics have stated that this is one of the BETTER rom-coms out there, and considering how much money it made over the weekend (which is A LOT), many people seemed to enjoy it as well. I really don't get the hate.
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11:15AM on 04/23/2012
Did you see it?

I didn't see it, but the 49% on Rotten Tomatoes shows that most critics thought it was bad, and the word of mouth I've heard is that it's god awful.
Did you see it?

I didn't see it, but the 49% on Rotten Tomatoes shows that most critics thought it was bad, and the word of mouth I've heard is that it's god awful.
10:02PM on 04/21/2012
Jerry Ferarra deserves better than this.
Jerry Ferarra deserves better than this.
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2:58PM on 04/21/2012
Yeah, this was pretty terrible. It tires to focus on far more characters than it can handle and has practically no character development, making these two extremely long hours. Here's my full review:

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Yeah, this was pretty terrible. It tires to focus on far more characters than it can handle and has practically no character development, making these two extremely long hours. Here's my full review:

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4:37AM on 05/02/2012
my mind has been boggling like crazy on how in the hell people think this movie is good and most people are saying it was awesome. wtf are they watching? are people that controlled to where they think something is funny because it's supposed to be funny? i need to study phycoloy lol only after i learn how to spell it of course
my mind has been boggling like crazy on how in the hell people think this movie is good and most people are saying it was awesome. wtf are they watching? are people that controlled to where they think something is funny because it's supposed to be funny? i need to study phycoloy lol only after i learn how to spell it of course
4:43PM on 04/29/2012

clarication time!

Let's talk about some of the reason's why this movie is a disgrace to the world we live in today. It's pretty clear that Steve Harvey and Kevin Hart can together do whatever they want because of their popularity mixed with the trying times of today. We are desperate for anything funny because of the lack of talent that exist today. So without any real effort they slapped together some cracker jack azz chick flick and tapped every resource to market the dang thing. From the NBA to MTV. I mean
Let's talk about some of the reason's why this movie is a disgrace to the world we live in today. It's pretty clear that Steve Harvey and Kevin Hart can together do whatever they want because of their popularity mixed with the trying times of today. We are desperate for anything funny because of the lack of talent that exist today. So without any real effort they slapped together some cracker jack azz chick flick and tapped every resource to market the dang thing. From the NBA to MTV. I mean Kevin Hart is funny but he aint no Jim Carey and his standup is sub par. Just ask Eddie Murphey. So now let's talk about how weak the movie was! OMG I love black culture and I get it completely. I'm white and I probably like black movies more and understand better than a black person. And this junk was straight wack. To put the little entourage joker in the movie to try to level off racism was a wrong call. Everyone knows he wack and too small and that blck girl would have never dated him so it was unrealistic. Next how did Terrance's girl have no booty but yet they all talked like she had some booty???? what is you talking about black people! you act like blk people can't tell that she aint got no booty not to mention she ain't even fine!!! the baddest biatch was my man from 40 yr old virgin girl! He must have drawn straws and won on that one cuz she finer than all out doors... So why did they have wack azz chris brown dump on her. if they were gonna hurt a girl then hurt the ugly one. UNREALISTIC! let me say it again. she is fine!!! NEXT - WHY they gonna play up the dudes sexy without wearing shirts and junk.. wack! we don't care about dudes shaved chest. we want women! women want women! so put the shirts on! damn.. NEXT - they tried toooo hard to make kevin hart funny and his little azz ain't really that funny in that settting.. tried to hard and failed! so after waiting a full hour in pain and waiting for some sort of excitement i finally had to walk out in discust thinking how could they let something happen like this? SCAM 100%!!! I FELT ROBBED AND I STILL WANT MY MONEY BACK. Then you read on facebook and you know they got a team of folk just removing all negative comments. It's obvious it was a scam. Yall niggas is foul. F kevin hart and steve harvey.. give a brotha some power and watch him not know how to use it properly! hope ya'll have fun on the yachts buying up big booty hoes. can i go? oh yea ps! why in the hell couldn't they put some actual fine girls in the movie?? they had 1 dope girl and the rest is wack! WE WANT BOOTY!!!!!!!! I REPEAT WE WANT BOOOOTY!! PUT IN SOME MALIAH MICHELLE OR SOMETHING...DAMN YALL BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO STOP TRYING TO ACT CLASSY. WE KNOW YA'LL GO HAM SO QUIT HIDING IT. KEEP IT FUNKY & STAY BLACK!
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