Think Like a Man Too

Think Like a Man Too has big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, Think Like a Man, was a box office success and fan favorite. The sequel maintains what made the first film a hit, but a few unnecessary additions keep it from greatness.

The Players:
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriters: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Steve Harvey (story)
Cast: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owen, Jenifer Lewis, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Adam Brody, David Walton, Lala Anthony, Dennis Haysbert
Cinematography by: Christopher Duskin
Original Music by: Christopher Lennertz

The Plot:

  • The gang reunites in Las Vegas for Michael (Jenkins) and Candace (Hall)’s wedding. Cedric (Hart) takes it upon himself to plan the bachelor weekend, while Lauren (Henson) does the same for the girls. Unfortunately, everyone’s brought their own personal baggage on the trip. Once again, relationships are tested as they prepare for Candace’s walk down the aisle.

The Good:

  • The Cast: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Tim Story was aware that he struck gold with this cast of actors. Their chemistry is still intact after a two-year hiatus. It’s the movie’s saving grace, as well as its biggest draw.
    The Humor: At times, the film’s story can drag. But the comedic elements keep you from feeling it. Not only are the situations hilarious, but the actors are great at executing them.

The So-So:

  • Constant Voiceover: Hart’s character Cedric serves as the voice of film. Ever so often you’ll hear a narration plugged in during transitions between scenes. But it’s not really needed. His voiceover was also featured in the previous film but it wasn’t as intrusive. Here, the delivery of the information doesn’t always fit. He’ll sound excited, while narrating a somber scene. That doesn’t compute.

The Bad:

  • Underused Characters: Think Like a Man had a large cast, and the sequel adds four more characters to it. This is a major problem considering the limited screen time allotted for each. Adam Brody and David Walton could be considered glorified cameos. Somehow Walton manages to steal a scene or two with his antics, while Brody’s just there for support. There are also original characters whose arcs are completely rushed. We’re to assume that each couple is facing a dilemma, that gets resolved in less than 24 hours. That’s a stretch considering they spend most of the film apart.

Think Like a Man Too isn’t as great as the original. But its likeable and hilarious cast are still worth watching.

The Rating: 7/10
Think Like a Man Too is now playing in theaters everywhere.


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