Think Like a Man
Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
2 hrs. 2 min.
Year of Release:
April 20, 2012 (wide—1,800+ theaters)
DVD: August 28, 2012
marriage in the Bible
Is formalized marriage becoming obsolete? Answer
“Let the mind games begin.”
Sequel: “Think Like a Man Too” (2014)
A little over a year ago, I happened upon a review of a book called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I was intrigued by the title, but grew even more interested when I noticed the cover photo, and it was a picture of funnyman Steve Harvey, a comedian-turned movie star-turned radio host-turned emcee of every BET Gospel Celebration—and I thought to myself, this book has GOT to be funny! Imagine my surprise when I paged through the book and here was Harvey giving relationship advice to women, and he was being SERIOUS. I was shocked, quite frankly! So too surprised are the men of “Think Like a Man.”
This film stars just about everybody in Black Hollywood, but the central figures are Dominic, Jeremy, Cedric, Michael, Zeke, and Bennett who are lifelong friends (Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Malco, and Gary Owen, respectively) who are miffed to learn that Steve Harvey has betrayed men everywhere by letting women into the inner thoughts of men. When the boys learn that each of their women has been following the book’s advice, they set about a plan to undo what Steve Harvey has done.
All in all, this is one funny movie—Kevin Hart (“Soul Plane,” “Along Came Polly,” “Fool’s Gold”) is the true breakout star here! Even though it is an ensemble cast, Hart steals the show. The central message is great—finding love and making relationships work. Sadly, the message gets clouded in the thought that love is a game of winners and losers.
I could take much time describing all of the negative stuff for Christian audiences, but rather than waste words—bad language, raunchy and mature themes, some brief drug use—all par for the course for this type of film. Please do not be fooled by the PG-13 rating. THIS MOVIE IS FOR ADULT EYES ONLY!
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy—“G-damn” (5), OMG (3), “For Christ’s sakes,” plus various vulgarities / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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