Think Like a Man

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think like a manI’m guessing the studio would’ve rather had Chris Rock as the narrator and group leader of a bunch of basketball buddies discussing their relationship issues. The studios would be wrong. Rock has always been an overrated comedian and Hart an underrated one. I used to love watching him on Colin Quinn’s show years ago, and he never disappoints; even in his one scene in 40 Year Old Virgin with Romany Malco, who has a nice role in this.

The film starts with an animated intro that compares courtship rituals to warfare. It might not be as funny as when George Carlin compares football to being in a war, but it’s a nice start for a romantic comedy of this kind.

I was surprised to find that it’s based on a real book: Think Like a Man, Act Like a Woman, by comedian Steve Harvey. It’s a shame that when Harvey pops up with Dr. Phil style self-help advice, he’s never funny. And it makes the whole thing feel like an infomercial for his book.

It would’ve also been nice if we rooted for any of these relationships to work. The woman, all stunningly beautiful (Gabriella Union, Regina Hall) – just aren’t very likable.

I had a blast watching the guys dissect women and come up with different game plans (for the women, not the basketball game).

Hart is 5’5”, and there were lots of jokes about his height. One of those came in a basketball game with Ron Artest of the Lakers, and WNBA player Lisa Leslie (some of the better lines from that come in the closing credits).

This film borrows a bit from 40 Year Old Virgin, and wasn’t nearly as funny. Yet, it was way funnier than He’s Just Not That Into You, or the Chris Rock penned film I Think I Love My Wife, which basically stole the premise of the ‘60s film The Guide for the Married Man.

And the movie poster may make this look like a Tyler Perry film…but that guy has never made a decent movie in his life. If you hate his movies, don’t let that keep you from seeing this.

The cast really makes this movie a lot better than it is, but you’ll have a fun night out watching it (perhaps not the best choice for a first date, though).

In a recent review, I talked about a pet peeve regarding reunions and proms in movies. They’re always held in the gym on screen, but at hotel ballrooms in real life. This movie had my pet peeve about buddy movies. It’s the friend (Kevin Hart) that always let’s himself into your house – whether you’re there or not. I gave that a pass, though…because hearing and seeing Hart always made me laugh.

You have to forgive the dopey premise, as any man or woman with half a brain already know all the various things they mention.

I’m wondering why anybody even paid attention to the Harvey book when that “The Rules” mentioned similar things years earlier.

And I’ll close with these two fun facts about Steve Harvey: It’s probably easy for him to get women, because he’s rich and famous. And, anybody that buys his book for advice on women should ask themselves…why didn’t any of his three marriages work?

This movie gets 3 stars out of 5.


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