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 -  Comedy | Romance  -  20 April 2012 (USA)
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Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.

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Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships, and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing, then the war is on. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Let the mind games begin.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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20 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,636,303 (USA) (20 April 2012)

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$91,547,205 (USA) (6 July 2012)
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At a budget of $12 million, the film is director Tim Story's smallest production since Barbershop (2002). Story had previously worked on the highly-expensive Fantastic Four (2005) films. See more »

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When Lauren and Candace are drinking wine and contemplating their relationships with Michael and Dominic, Lauren says Michael is a mama's boy and wants to break up. Lauren tells her there's no such thing as the perfect man and references the book. She says, "Isn't that what you've been preaching to me all night?" but her mouth doesn't move. See more »

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Cedric: What do you call the three rings of marriage? Engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.
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Definitely one of the worst films of 2012 so far...
28 May 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'm proud of this film's success. Will Packer and Rainforest work hard and they deserve it. But this film is weak on so many levels. Being based on a "self-help" book, this screenplay was crammed with nothing but on-the-nose dialogue that left me bored and fidgety for the most part. Outside of Kevin Hart, there wasn't a single thing funny about this film. Okay, maybe once or twice I laughed but one time it was at something I don't think was meant to be funny (actor Romany Malco singing with his guitar). You can't call a film a comedy where only one character was remotely, or should I say barely humorous. I found more humor in dramas like American Beauty, City Lights, and The Graduate.

This film seemed to just flat-line from beginning to end. When I say flat, I mean literally flat. Nothing happened until the guy-meets-girl moments, and that took a while to get to. Once the relationships started, the weak conflicts seemed to be limited to the superficiality of Steve Harvey's best selling book. No inner conflicts, not even conflict on the extra-personal level.

I could've done without most of the characters which can read like a list of players on a football team. They had no purpose and added nothing to the telling, like the married guy amongst them, Bennett played by Gary Owen. I know a lot of people loved this film. But can anyone seriously say they got to know any of the characters? Also, I had a hard time buying most of the relationships. The worst of them all had to be Jerry Ferrara with Gabrielle Union. It was like having to suspend your disbelief watching them together and that didn't even work for me. I didn't believe they even knew each, let alone them being in a 13 year relationship. At a glance, I would faster believe Union was Ferrara's babysitter or nanny, not her man. It was one big spoof to me.

The next absurd relationship was Regina Hall and the guy from 106 and Park, Terrence Jenkins. I didn't believe he and Hall went to high school at the same time. In fact, she could've passed for his mother as well.

Taraji Henson's relationship with Michael Ealy was also hard to stomach, as I had trouble believing a woman with her success in business wouldn't question Ealy's facade.

I liked the relationship between Meagan Good and Romany Malco but it was so contrived, like everything else about this film.

And the next black film made showing black friends discussing their relationships while trying to play basketball should have little-tree car re-fresheners hanging from theater ceilings for the sake of audiences. Why? Because such expository scenes are a load of steaming crap. Guys don't stand around on the court discussing such things, or play ball while having those kinds of conversations. I know they did it in The Brothers (2001) and it was b.s. then as it still is now.

The telling had no direction, no point-of-view. It could've been anyone or anything's story at any given time, which left me confused and disengaged. I was waiting for the fire hydrant's storyline eventually.

I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't. In the end, I was dissatisfied and utterly annoyed.


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