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Think Like a Man (2012)

PG-13 | | 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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Tim Story

Writers:

Keith Merryman (screenplay), David A. Newman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ealy ... Dominic
Jerry Ferrara ... Jeremy
Meagan Good ... Mya
Regina Hall ... Candace
Kevin Hart ... Cedric
Taraji P. Henson ... Lauren
Terrence Jenkins ... Michael (as Terrence J)
Jenifer Lewis ... Loretta
Romany Malco ... Zeke
Gary Owen ... Bennett
Gabrielle Union ... Kristen
La La Anthony ... Sonia
Chris Brown ... Alex
Wendy Williams ... Gail
Sherri Shepherd ... Vicki
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Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Let the mind games begin.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Along with the sequel to this movie, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy would also star together in About Last Night (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Mya is with her friend in the coffee shop, the scene starts with a closeup to her hand holding her cellphone. However this hand, with clear nails, is not her hand as revealed in the immediate shot after, with purple nails. See more »

Quotes

Cedric: Hey Mike, how old is your mom?
Michael: What?
Cedric: No, not like that. Well, it is. It is like that. How old is she? I come in the house, she was like "You wanna eat?" I said "Eat what?"
Michael: First of all, put my plate down and stop hitting on my mom!
Cedric: Don't get mad at me! I didn't even wanna be here! Y'all the ones that wanted to be here! I wanted to go to the strip club! Man, wrap this up. I got a bunch of ones and somebody gonna get 'em. Ms. Loretta, I'm ready for the rest of the tour!
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The screen gems logo transitions into the rain forest films logo, which transitions into the opening credits of the movie. See more »

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Conga
Written by Enrique Elías García
Performed by Gloria Estefan
Courtesy of Crescent Moon Records, Inc.
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Definitely one of the worst films of 2012 so far...
28 May 2012 | by QStrumSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,636,303, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$91,547,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,070,507
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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