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THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
DIRECTOR: Tim Story
CAST: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P Henson, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lewis
CLASSIFICATION: 13 L
RUNNING TIME: 120 min
SEQUELS to movies are a risk – and a hit or a miss with audiences. But Think Like a Man Too is yet another winner from screenplay duo Keith Merryman and David Newman – who penned the initial instalment of Think Like a Man (based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.)
If you missed the first movie, it’s no train smash as the sequel is, in a sense, independent of the book, which the first movie centred on.
But here’s a brief flashback from Think Like a Man: four male friends (Ealy, Ferrara, Jenkins and Malco) find out their girlfriends (Good, Hall, Henson and Union) have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice to manipulate them and decide to play the girls at their own game.
In Think Like a Man Too all the couples return… for a Las Vegas wedding. Candace and Michael (Hall and Jenkins) are tying the knot… well they’re trying to.
Standing in their way is Terrance’s overbearing mother (Lewis) and the fact that Sin City brings out the party animal in everybody. This proves true when the guys and gals get themselves into all sorts of misfortune. The big question is, will this wedding happen?
One of the best aspects of this movie is that the original cast return to reprise their roles, which is always great for continuity.
The plot in the sequel is also not entirely hinged on the first movie, which makes it more accessible.
Getting to the movie itself. The script has all the right ingredients for great relationship comedy.
We’ve got eye candy for the guys and girls, in terms of the cast. Great relationship anecdotes anyone can relate to. Whether you’re in a relationship headed for, or trying to avoid the commitment of marriage; if you are newly married, long-time married or just about to get married – everyone can relate.
For example, the storyline touches on guys who have commitment issues, girls who have hang-ups about guys with commitment issues; married couple trying to have babies; monsters-in-law nosing in their “little boy” relationships… the list is endless.
The comedy element will keep you rolling in the aisles. Enter Hart, who has this aspect of the film pinned down. He is certainly a highlight in this movie!
The shenanigans that the guys and girls get up to in Vegas are equally hilarious.
Director of photography/-cinematographer Christopher Duskin does a great job of capturing Vegas in all its high rolling and night life glory, while Christopher Lennertz has put together a musical score that really sets the tone for this movie.
Director Tim Story does a great job in the directors seat yet again.
Definitely one to catch!
If you liked Think Like a Man, Love and Basketball and Love Jones, you’ll like this.