Think Like a Man Too (2014)
Critic Consensus: Think Like a Man Too reunites its predecessor's talented cast, but fails to take their characters in new or interesting directions.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material)|
|Directed By:||Tim Story|
|Written By:||Steve Harvey, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman|
|In Theaters:||Jun 20, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Sep 16, 2014|
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Hart has to deliver a spectacular highlight every time he touches the ball for this movie to have any chance, and as a result, he takes some ill-advised shots.
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Cedric: For one blissful night gentlemen we are free from all our obligations, all of our responsibilities...
Sometimes the strength of an ensemble can outweigh the bad ideas some have, as far as how to continue on with a film that had no real need to continue. That almost works here. 2012's Think Like a Man was somewhat of a surprise hit, with Kevin Hart beginning to break out big, and a likable cast that many seemed to respond to. Now it has a sequel, with the word "Too" added to the end, which rarely bodes well for any movie. The cast returns, Hart's role has been amped up, and some laughs are there, but the film feels too loose for its own good. Think Like a Man Too has all the energy, but wastes it on easy jokes about its Las Vegas setting, stepping away from anything more poignant.
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In taking the dysfunctional couplings from Think Like a Man and giving them a Vegas Vacation, this deuce doesn't exactly earn points for originality but it's contrived storytelling certainly wins an award for banality. Steve Harvey didn't write a sequel to his bestselling relationship advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, mind you. Screen Gems just took it upon itself to capitalize on a certain 2012 surprise hit, which apparently involves pitting their continued romantic hijinks in - wait for it...as if it's never been done before - in Sin City. That's right, the characters that laudably but improbably eked out an enjoyable first go-round take things to the worlds most famous adult playground for a bachelor party. Oh, what misadventures they get in! Suite parties. Strip clubs. Heavy drinking. Characters not developing. Wait, what?! That's right, the loves and losses unfurled in the first flick apparently didn't teach this bunch any life lessons. They're stuck in second gear and down shifting. If a 3rd movie rears it's head (Think Like a Man Too Bad), these characters might just revert to infancy rather than actually detail the highs and lows of monogamy in the spirit of the book.
In this PG-13-rated comedy sequel, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
Any resemblance between this amazing cast and an awesome story is purely inaccessible. All involved stand and deliver to the best of their ability, especially Kevin Hart, a white hot star to whom most of this broken-down wagon gets hitched to. Like a bad night at the casino tables, the script is just a bust. Oh, it's funny in parts, but there is no Las Vegas comedy cliche too insignificant for screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman to ignore. Certain audiences and film industry professionals decry the lack of movies centered around the African-American demographic, but is this what it's come to? Churning out recycled plots with tired gags and just adding in an African-American cast to act their way out of a steaming pile of H'Wood poo? The cast deserves better. African-American moviegoers deserve better. Frankly, we all do.
Bottom line: Think Like a Yawn
In the two years since the adaptation of Steve Harvey's best-selling book became a "surprise" box-office smash Kevin Hart has gone on to become one of the biggest box-office draws when it comes to comedies. The makers of Think Like A Man Too would have been remiss not to take advantage of that. Don't worry, they do and if you didn't know how big Hart was before you will after this. The pint-sized comedian goes so far as to get his own dancing in his underwear montage that lasts a good two minutes if not more. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this, I find Hart an appealing and funny guy even if his features haven't been anything special (though I enjoyed his About Last Night re-make much more than I expected). Last summer, the man had a successful stand-up movie run in theaters and any comedian with that kind of power has every right to flex his muscles any way he wants and headlining a summer comedy sequel isn't a bad way to go. While I didn't catch Think Like A Man in its initial theater run the buzz around it was enough to warrant a rental and though I don't remember much of what occurred in that first film the one thing that did pop up as reminiscent as I flipped through info about the sequel was the fun character dynamics that were created. If there was any need for a sequel it would be to further explore the developing relationships between these men and women and to use them as examples to spell out the lessons that I'm assuming Harvey speaks of in his book. Returning screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman make sure to imbue these little encouragements or lessons through Hart's narration, but it never melds in the way it should. It is almost as if the writers are attempting to say one thing while the actual movie is trying to be another. It isn't obvious that the movie has some kind of identity crisis, but it does become painfully apparent that there is little in the way of genuine emotion going on here. Each of the men are an archetype who play into these manufactured roles that lead to easily overcome obstacles that would never be as effortless were the film grounded in any kind of reality. Think Like A Man Too is a light comedy by nature though and so it plays everything safe, from the jokes to the conflict and thus the result is little more than a colorful distraction.
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