Having Kevin Hart narrate Think Like a Man Too from the get-go, you know that this film will have a completely different feel, tone and message than Think Like a Man.
The first film landed in 2012 and focused its narrative on the self-help relationship book by Steve Harvey, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. It took four powerful black actresses and made them the center of the film. By the end everyone was coupled off and Harvey’s self-help book had saved the day for these ladies in their effort to bring their men to their senses.
Think Like a Man Too is a completely different beast. As Hart begins the film with his narration, he’s talking about how Las Vegas is not good for couples -- it’s where you go to meet women. But, there is a caveat. It’s a fantastic place for a bachelor and bachelorette party. And that’s why we're here. Oh, and there's a wedding.
Regina Hall’s Candace and Terrence Jenkins’ Michael are getting married in Sin City and the entire gang is in town to celebrate. There are also a couple of additions beyond the first movie’s stars Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, La La Anthony, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owen and Romany Malco -- most notably, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Owen’s wife.
The way that Think Like a Man brought the men and women together, it seems like through Hart’s narration that the sole goal is to have them be competitive and apart. Hart treats their respective “last night of freedom” parties as a contest.
There are laughs aplenty and there is a reason that Hart’s character has had his ante upped.
He has become a huge star since 2012, just watch Ride Along online and you’ll see what we mean. Hart is the draw and screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman have built this movie around his hilarity. For fans of the comedic actor, that makes this film a triumph. We happen to be one of those, so that is why we think it works. But, we can also see why those who adored the first film may be put off.
Director Tim Story is also back from the first film (he also helmed Ride Along) and he manages to craft a series of interweaving stories that still work, like the first film did. And don’t get us started on the “music video” he has right in the middle of the film by the ladies that needs to go viral right now.
Our Think Like a Man Too review has to state that any film that takes place in Vegas should be great fun, and Think Like a Man Too truly feels like the party that Sin City epitomizes. It raises some great points about relationships, shows off the brilliance of Hart, gives us great cameos by Dennis Haysbert (!) and George Wallace, and leaves the door wide open for a third movie.
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