Finally went to see THINK LIKE A MAN. Something that you wouldn’t expect from Geek Soul Brother is that I like romantic comedies. Well, some romantic comedies. But usually I don’t go to the theater to watch them. I kinda made an exception for this one.
The film is based on Steve Harvey’s book ‘Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man’ which breaks down the mistakes that women sometimes make when looking for, or are in a relationship with, a man. And also how men think when they approach women.
The movie centers around a collection of men and women that are having relationship problems, except for Kevin Hart… he’s happily divorced. The girls all want a relationship that will lead to something, but can’t find the right guys. The guys just want to stay the way they are, a player, a dreamer and a mama’s boy. But still they’re all looking for someone. Except for Jeremy and Kristen, they’re already together, though not married. Jeremy likes things the way they are, Kristen wants to stop living in an apartment that looks like a Tokyo comic book shop. Jeremy has trouble committing – to Kristen, and a grown-up life. But that all changes when Kristen (and the other girls) buy Harvey’s book, and start to wage the ‘war of love’ on their male counterparts.
The first 20 minutes of the movie are a little choppy because of the introductions of each man and woman and their situations . It didn’t help with Steve Harvey’s being inserted with a quote from his book every time one of the women read his book. But as the story went on, and the cute-meets began to happen, things started getting smoother and funnier.
Not ‘fall on the floor’ funny. Most of the comedy was carried on the short stocky shoulders of Hart. His delivery hit a funny note most of the time.
The acting was decent, especially on the side of the ladies. Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall and Meagan Good were particularly good. On the side of the fellas, Terrence Jenkins showed a nice transformation with his character Michael. And it was a nice change of pace from Entourage for Jerry Ferrara to show some emotional chops later in the movie. The others played the roles pretty much straight from the script it seemed.
I don’t think the directing was too much of a challenge for Tim Story, who directed the slightly more epic Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. I do fault him (and the editor) for the afore-mentioned choppiness in the beginning.
I didn’t find too much that was negative about the film. My biggest criticism was that it was very typical and predictable as far as romantic comedies go. The plot and writing didn’t have much that you haven’t seen before. A laugh here, an ‘awww’ moment there and then things turn out happy. I have to say that I didn’t like the music score, which sounded like it came from a rom-com from the nineties. A little on the silly side, even for this.
I liked it okay, but I think the ladies out there will like it better, since it was geared for them. And people, let’s not call this film a ‘Black Comedy’ or even worse a ‘Urban Comedy’. Not because the writers - Keith Merryman and David A. Newman are white, but because this could have been a cast of any color. If it does appeal to women, it should appeal to ALL women, no matter what their race or background.
Geek Soul Brother gives THINK LIKE A MAN a soft 3 out of 5 COSMIC AFROS. They should be thankful they had Kevin Hart.