Think Like a Man Too movie review – dumb Vegas fun

Think Like a Man Too doesn’t match original charmer

If the 2012 hit Think Like a Man was the hard-working, funny, but smart look at relationships, its sequel, Think Like a Man Too is its hard-partying weekend equivalent that’s less concerned about making you think and more about just giving you a good time.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems A sexy Brazillian woman stops to talk to Dominic (Michael Ealy) while Cedric (Kevin Hart) watches on at the pool at Caesar's Palace.

The original was a smart battle of the sexes comedy where the men and women constantly fought to gain the upper hand in the game of love. This time, there’s little strategy involved and it’s more a typical Vegas party movie.

To the cast’s credit, the film is still a lot of fun, even if it’s lacking much of the depth that made the original such a hit and earned a rare romantic comedy sequel.

Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall, About Last Night) are getting married in Vegas so the whole gang flies out for the fun and festivities. Cedric (Kevin Hart, Grudge Match) assumes best man responsibilities and his goal is to ensure the guys have more fun than the girls.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems Michael (Terrence J) and his fiancee Candace (Regina Hall) at their wedding rehearsal.

Initially that seems easy enough once Michael’s overbearing mother, Loretta (Jenifer Lewis), plots out every moment of the bachelorette party, but the ‘competition’ soon gets a lot more interesting.

Since the first film, Hart’s stock has dramatically soared with supporting roles in two films and starring roles in two other 2014 movies.

The understandably biggest temptation for returning screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman then was to double up on the Hart scenes as there’s no hotter actor/comedian in Hollywood right now.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems Cedric (Kevin Hart) gambling,

While sensible, it upsets the delicate ensemble balance of its predecessor and veers too often into The Kevin Hart Show forcing the other subplots to fight for scrap screen time.

Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and Kristen (Gabrielle Union) are trying to have a baby; Zeke (Romany Malco) and Mya (Meagan Good) are contemplating their next step as a couple; Dominic (Michael Ealy) and Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) are striving to find the right balance between career growth and relationship development while Michael and Candace are still dealing with Loretta.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems Kristen (Gabrielle Union) and Sonia (LaLa Anthony).

Bennett (Gary Owen) is back and he’s brought his wife, Tish, (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bridesmaids) along for the fun as well. Not to mention Mya’s friend, Sonia (La La Anthony), and Michael’s college buddies Isaac (Adam Brody) and Terrell (David Walton) who don’t get a lot to do beyond sit around and toss out an occasional joke.

While the majority of Hart’s scenes are funny, he’s not doing anything different from other roles. Limiting his screen time would have tremendously benefited his co-stars who don’t have seven more films lined up in the next two years.

The subplots are underdeveloped mainly because the couples are split up early on in the film restricting the give and take that worked so well in the first one. Then they’re reunited in time to neatly tie the subplots up for the conclusion, which don’t feel as hard-earned as they did in the first film.

Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems Sonia (La La Anthony), Mya (Meagan Good), Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), Candace (Regina Hall), Kristen (Gabrielle Union) and Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey) take a snack break in Planet Hollywood's lobby.

And yet, Director Tim Story is able to so easily tap into his performers’ natural charisma and likability, it’s easy to look past the flaws and just enjoy spending more time with the gang. Think Like a Man Too isn’t a perfect sequel, but its cast makes up for most of the issues.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Photo Credit: Matt Kennedy/Screen Gems

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  • keith

    im going soon, sounds like a fair review. I just love how this cast is working together on this film. I hope kevin doesnt burn out anytime soon, but just as a comedian I love his work. I know he isnt for everybody, but his show is basically black entourage with a dose of his napoleonic ego. its like all his moves feed in and support the other lately. He social media stuff on his film time down in N.O for filming with will ferrell was funny in itself.

  • As always, let me know what you think afterwards 🙂

  • Fred

    Not as good as the original but still entertaining, I expected that. The original was one of my favorite films of 2012 and I’m looking forward to this sequel, i’ll be seeing it between Saturday to Monday most likely.

  • I think as we’re at the halfway point, this is a bubble film to stay in my Top 10 for the end of the year, but stranger things have happened. 🙂

  • Fred

    One thing I forgot to mention, I hate that this film will only open on 2000 screens I believe. Being that the original nearly grossed 100 million domestic at the box office I think this sequel was deserving of more respect than that. I still don’t think films with predominantly black casts are getting quite the respect they deserve in terms of big screen releases, even sequels to big hits. Hopefully the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” starring Chadwick Boseman will get the respect of being released on 3000 screens like it should be. Now obviously we’ve had films that had predominantly black casts or black leads become big hits over the last few years in particular, but I think the film in waiting that would really break the mode when Marvel finally becomes smart enough to start making official confirmations on it that is will be BLACK PANTHER. I better hear something official on it at next month’s Comic Con, I’m getting tired of hearing nothing but it’s in development and we have pans for it, that’s not nearly good enough anymore. Jeff I don’t know if you’ll be attending Comic Con next month or not, but if you do can you please ask Marvel what’s up with Black Panther and why do they keep foolishly insisting on ignoring such a great character, are they that damn racist, I sure hope not because the great Stan Lee and Steve Ditko we’re not when they created him and that was way back in 1966 when the landscape was far more tougher than it is now.

  • I think it’s more the studio would rather have the theaters packed than boast about the number of theaters the movie is playing in. “The Best Man Holiday” opened in 2,024 so the 2,225 is a step up.

    With Black Panther, it’s probably much more wrapping their heads around how to do it. Is the film staged in Wakanda? Does he come to New York? Logistics could be tricky with him and MS probably just wants a director who can make sense of it short of just sticking him in Avengers 3.

  • Fred

    My bad, I meant Stan Lee and late Jack Kirby we’re the ones who created Black Panther in 1966. One of the other reasons I’m getting really impatient with Marvel here is because Black Panther has been in talks to be brought on the big screen since before the MCU was even created dating back to the early 90’s. Now I’m glad Black Panther wasn’t made 15-20 years ago with the lack of imagination and technology at the time, but the time is now, especially with the popularity, the power and resources Marvel now has at it’s exposal. Sorry Jeff, I didn’t mean to get of the subject of “Think Like A Man Too” here, I just had to vent my frustration with Marvel on this subject a little. Assuming “Think Like A Man Too” can at least come close to matching if not surpassing the original, that should be enough to green light a 3rd films in the series.

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