So I watched Think Like A Man…
I’m personally a huge fan of Steve Harvey. My YouTube history is filled with clips from his talk show and Family Feud. I think he’s a genuinely funny guy and has been something of a messiah to women who were struggling in the romance department. Now I say messiah, most men would say ‘traitor’. Apparently Steve spilled a bunch of secrets that only men were meant to know and now women have the upperhand in the game of love. I still think Steve is great and love that his book – Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man – inspired such an entertaining movie.
Okay, basic plot: A group of five male friends – Cedric, Dominic, Michael, Jeremy, Zeke – suddenly find themselves at war with the respective women in their lives. Dominic (Michael Ealy) is having trouble living up to the expectations of Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) – a corporate titan looking for a man who’s bank balance matches her own. Michael (Terrence J) has to find a balance between keeping his new girlfirned, Candance (Regina Hall), and his over-bearing mother happy. Man-child Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) is forced out of puberty when his long-term girlfriend Kristen (Gabrielle Union) starts demanding a serious commitment from him. Zeke (Romany Malco) who is only looking for a good time finds himself frustrated when his lady – Mya (Meagan Good – tells him that his ‘good time’ will only come after 90 days. Finally Cedric (Kevin Hart) is looking to cut loose now that his divorce is finalised but still finds himself butting heads with his soon-to-be ex-wife.
This film is a great date movie because of the insight it provides into the world of dating. Each of the lead characters is placed into a broad category depending on their relationship style. For instance Michael is a “mama’s boy” while Zeke is a “player”. Each of these categories comes with a set of challenges and the women are forced to turn to Steve Harvey’s book to learn how to overcome these challenges and build lasting relationships. I remember when I first watched this film, it was with my girlfriend at the time and she thought I fit into one of the abovementioned five categories. I obviously didn’t agree but the debate it sparked was fun and interesting and further added to our enjoyment of the film.
The book upon which this film is based was geared towards women and helping them figure out the men in their lives; but this film manages to provide insight into both sexes. The men find out that the women in their lives have all been reading this book and are now able to counter the strategies that it suggests. So both men and women are provided a roadmap to help traverse the unknown landscape that being in love can be. There’s also sporadic appearances by Steve Harvey as himself where he dishes out knowledge which I truly loved. I think Steve Harvey becoming a bestselling author is due to the fact that there was clearly a need for this information and this film doing so well at the box-office further highlights that need.
Now luckily this film isn’t just a visual self-help book, it’s a romantic comedy first with particular emphasis on the comedy. Led by Kevin Hart, this film’s cast had me in stitches. I think this film came along just as the Kevin Hart Bubble was about to pop. We’d seen Hart in minor roles, he’d already released a few standup specials but I think this movie is what made people think of him as a comedic leading man as much as a comedian. He has this fast-paced idiocy which I really enjoyed and his character has this detachment from the main storyline which allows Hart to run wild as pure comic relief. The rest of the cast do well individually and in their respective couple sets. I particularly enjoyed Romany Malco and Meagan Good’s chemistry together.
The place where this film falters is in its reliance on a formulaic plot. Classifying the members of the cast into their different dating categories and having random pop-ups of Steve Harvey were really innovative and made the movie feel fresh and exciting. However, you can tell exactly where the story is going every step of the way. There’s never any moments of originality or shock as you watch the film unfold but it’s presented in a fun and humourous way so the lack of originality becomes a minor issue.
Overall, Think Like a Man is a great movie to watch with someone you’re romantically involved in. Obviously you may not fit into any of the categories but most likely you have shades of a few in you and this will lead to interesting discussions with your partner. It’s funny, might teach you something and has a stellar cast. Definitely worth watching 8/10
11 thoughts on “Think Like A Man Review”
oh God. you lost me instantly with calling him a messiah for women. please stop. I’ll go back and read the rest now because there must be a better takeaway here….
Hahahaha I’ve honestly seen him on a number of talk shows (including his own show) and women genuiely seem to have found a route to love through his advice. I think his message isn’t for everything but it’s worked for a lot of women.
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more power to them.
okay, glad you went right into the movie. I have the book and I’ve seen the movie, although I don’t remember the details of either. Steve is hardly qualified to be a relationship guru considered his cheating and failed marriages, abuse allegations, etc. he’s respectable and none of us are perfect, but as far as men doling out relationship advice to black women, it’s big business. we don’t need saving. women should get out of the mentality that we do – especially from men. (steps off soap box).
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You know I like Steve Harvey but I don’t necessarily agree with all his dating advice. I think a lot of it is rather archaic and relies too heavily on traditional gender roles. I do think women need to be more pro-active when it comes to love (but that’s a topic for a different day). I don’t think Steve has ‘original’ pearls of wisdom, he’s just saying things we’ve heard a hundred times in a funny and fresh way.
I do agree that being a relationship guru when you have a string of failed relationships is a bit of a paradox. That being said, let’s say your doctor was overweight and he advised you to lose weight for your health…does the doctor’s advice become less true because they clearly aren’t living their advice? I don’t think Steve is a guru. I think he’s just a guy tapping into a market and using his personal story to do this. He’s definitely not perfect but he has changed lives.
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that is not a good analogy. lol. I agree that he is using his talents (and he is talented) and marketing to take advantage of the market for relationship advice. it’s business and he’s successful at it. I’m not buying it!
I haven’t read the book and don’t really feel compelled to. Like I said, I liked this movie because of the different dating categories it has and the moments where Steve chimes in, he’s just speaking common sense not giving profound wisdom. If you want to get married, obviously you have to make your partner aware of that. If you’ve been hooking up with guys who only want sex, maybe it would be a good idea to wait before having sex. Have unrealistic expectations, lowering them – within reason – might work out well. He isn’t changing the game. He’s just being funny, which I like
I agree. he has a morning radio show in the states and whenever I happen to listen, I’m laughing. I appreciate his sense of humor a lot. women write letters about their relationships and he answers them on the air. I’m not anti-Steve, but he is hardly what you described initially. lol. I think for the most part, you and I are on the same page.
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I’m actually more in line with your other commentator on Steve Harvey’s qualifications to be a messiah, lol. That said, I do find him funny and enjoy watching him.
As for the film itself, I liked it, just not nearly as much as you. In a nutshell, I thought Hart brought the funny, while the war between the various couples was kept the film fun, early on. When the movie shifted into wrap-up mode, it dragged badly, and there was way too much narrating going on from both Harvey and Hart.
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Yeah I think that final piece where things are wrapping up, the film became a bit too by the numbers. You know everyone’s gonna get their happy ending, it’s just a matter of seeing the guys grovel.
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I won’t beat a dead horse kg…I guess you got the message that Steve is not a messiah for black women lol; however, I will say that I enjoyed this movie. It was entertaining. They did a Part II that I wasn’t as fond of. Now I want to know which one of the categories your gf put you in lol