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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

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Keith Merryman (screenplay), David A. Newman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,547,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,070,507
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the white male character of Bennett is profiled as white collar and frank about racial topics, even when his comments may seem racially offensive, he has a wife whom is black. She is seen briefly twice toward the end of the movie, and she is the only female associated with any of the male characters who has no speaking lines. See more »

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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 »

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Mya: Babe I got us lattes... be right back
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A quality film in line with Hollywood's traditional romantic comedy formula
19 April 2012 | by WydeOpenSee all my reviews

Based off the Steve Harvey bestseller, the film "Think Like A Man"opens with the legendary sound of James Brown singing "It's A Mans World". Anyone familiar with the song knows the true message of the song is in the lyrics; "but it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl".

That song choice serves as a perfect theme for this conventional romantic comedy that chronicles the timeless war of the sexes. Now I realize that the description "conventional" may come across as negative but that's not my intention entirely. I mean conventional as in "not a Madea" movie. This quality film falls more in line with Hollywood's traditional romantic comedy formula rather than Tyler Perry's "play adapted for film" approach to movie making. There are plenty of laughs interspersed through out romantic conflicts that are resolved without any significant twists or surprises.

The plot revolves around the love lives and relationships of six male friends who fall into very specific roles; the player, the mamas boy, the dreamer, the non-commiter, the happily married man and the happy divorcée.

For the most part these guys are blissfully ignorant of the dissatisfaction that the significant others in their lives silently suffer through.

That is until the women discover and read Steve Harvey's book "Think Like A Man, Act Like A Woman". Acting on the advice of the book, the women manipulate the men into becoming the type of man they each want and getting the relationships they desire. So can the "player" be tamed by the girl who keeps her "cookie" on lock down for at least 90 days? Can the single mom get the "mama's boy" to cut the emotional umbilical cord he shares with his overbearing, over nurturing mother (played pitch perfect by Jennifer Lewis)? And what happens when the fellas realize that they've been "betrayed" by Steve Harvey and then use the book against the ladies like a sports team with knowledge of the opposing teams plays.

Although the majority of the cast is Black, the story (due to Steve Harvey's source material) and the comedy (thanks mostly to Kevin Hart) is broad enough to appeal to almost all audiences unlike some of Tyler Perry's movies which tend to cater  specifically to Black women.

Every actor and actress does an adequate job in their various roles and move the film easily from scene to scene. There are plenty of cameos that make the film fun but Kevin Hart deserves special recognition because he absolutely shines! He redefines the term "scene stealer" by being the most enjoyable character every time he appears on screen.

Although many people will consider this a Black romantic comedy, this film is really too strong to be pigeonholed into that genre.  But if you must classify it as such, then know that this movie breaks Tyler Perry's stronghold and breaks out of the Madea mold of what Black entertainment is.


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