Movie Review: Think Like a Man Too

Movie Review: Think Like a Man Too

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 105 mins.

Premise: On the eve of their Vegas wedding, Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins) are joined by their couple friends for dueling bachelor-bachelorette parties in the city of sin.

Behind-the-ScenesKevin Hart, fresh off hits Ride Along and About Last Night from earlier this year, has a bigger role in this sequel to the very profitable first film, which grossed $91 million on a $12 million budget two years ago.

The Good: The cast is really the only reason to see this movie.  Any enjoyment to be had here is contingent on your fondness for the actors involved.  Also?  The real Vegas production locations are always fun to see on screen.  In fact, I wish I could be lounging in a pool cabana at Caesar's Palace right now.

The Bad: Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four) directs with a relentless impatience and unwillingness to let scenes play out naturally.  The set-up  is solid, and there should be plenty of laughs to mine, but the movie continually botches those moments of humor, choosing to go for the broad, overblown physical comedy bits instead.  The most egregious example is a scene where the guys are competing in an amateur strip club show (don't ask about the laborious plot mechanics that got them to that point) while the ladies are in the audience.  Instead of the surprise strip performance, a big, sloppy fight breaks out in the club and the next scene finds all of the couples in jail.  Hart's near-constant voiceover narration is painfully obvious ("What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is actually said at one point) and grating.  The battle of the sexes story is cliched.  There's an awkward music video for Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" (sung and danced by all the ladies that is sandwiched into scenes of the guys gambling.  More than anything, Think Like a Man Too is just lazy.

Should You See It?: No.  While the first film had its charms, this one mostly annoys.  Hart better slow down and choose his projects more carefully, or he'll risk overexposure and audience fatigue.

Star Rating: ** out of 5 stars.

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