TMN Movie Review: "Think Like a Man Too"
on 2014-06-19 15:23
Length: 106 minutes
Release Date: June 20, 2014
Directed by: Tim Story
"Think Like a Man Too" is a romantic comedy inspired by the book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" by Steve Harvey. In the highly anticipated sequel to "Think Like a Man," the couples all gather in Las Vegas for the upcoming wedding of Candace and Michael. During the days leading up to the ceremony, each couple faces situations that threaten their marriage.
In the opening scenes of "Think Like a Man Too," all of the couples gather in Las Vegas ahead of Candace and Michael's wedding. The couples quickly split up, and the men and women separate to celebrate the engaged couple's bachelor and bachelorette parties. When the guys go gambling, several members of the group drink a little too much and cause trouble with other vacationers. Likewise, the women cause their own problems while dancing the night away at a club on the strip.
The trouble caused during the night is nothing compared to the obstacles each couple faces in the days following. Maya and Zeke are plagued by constant reminders of mistakes he made in the past, pushing Maya to breaking point. Jeremy and Kristen struggle through adjusting to being married, and Tish and Bennett's marriage is tested when trust issues come up. Even Cedric — who is going through a divorce — struggles with his newly single status.
As the problems mount, each couple must decide whether to fight for their relationship or walk away from it. By the day of the wedding, some couples are on the brink of divorce.
The entire cast returns for the sequel, and the acting is once again excellent all around. Unlike the first film, the characters go through more challenges and evolve as couples and individuals, which allow the audience to see a different side of their favorite characters. Although each actor shines in "Think Like a Man Too," Kevin Hart's performance overshadows all the rest. In this installment, Hart excels at showing the darker emotions his character feels, but he also keeps the film light with great comedic timing.
"Think Like a Man" focused on the new relationships that were being formed. In the sequel, the focus is on the couples as they evolve and are confronted with different challenges, such as claims of infidelity and disagreements about major life decisions. Where the original film had four distinct storylines — each focusing on one couple — the sequel splits the characters into a group of guys and a group of girls.
The differences between the two films make the sequel fresh and interesting, rather than a repeat of the first story. Although relationship dramas take center stage, there are also many subplots going on that are much lighter. From the very beginning, the film unfolds very quickly and in a way that draws the audience in.
Each group of characters gets into quite a bit of trouble and the results are often laugh-inducing. These situations also compromise the wedding of Candace and Michael, which evolves into the film's major conflict. In fact, after the first hour of the film, it seems impossible for the wedding to go ahead as planned. After building up to the ceremony, the audience is not shown what happens until the very last minute, making everything that happens leading up to this point all the more interesting.
Aside from creating the main conflict, the escapades of each group provide the bulk of the comic relief. These scenes balance out the much more serious scenes of relationship conflicts. Director Tim Story again does an excellent job balancing the comedy and drama.
Although "Think Like a Man Too" is part "Hangover" and part "Couples Retreat," what keeps the film from being predictable is the fact that each couple struggles through a different problem. Each challenge will no doubt be relatable and resonate with the majority of audience members.
Even with a great story and excellent acting, the film would not be as good if it wasn't for the script. David A. Newman and Keith Merryman — writers of the script for "Think Like a Man" — also return for the sequel and again create a witty and moving dialogue between the characters. With the same writers, the sequel feels very cohesive and is a perfect continuation of the story of Cedric, Maya and Zeke, Jeremy and Kristen, Tish and Bennett, and Candace and Michael
"Think Like a Man Too" has a perfect blend of comedy and romantic drama. In this sequel, the characters move beyond the character types they represented in the first film and evolve into very relatable characters. From the script to the directing to the acting, "Think Like a Man Too" is one of the best films of the year.