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Review: Think Like a Man Too

Score:C+

Director:Tim Story

Cast:Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson

Running Time:106.00

Rated:PG-13

Think Like a Man, Too, the sequel to Think Like a Man, follows the same cast as before, only this time it follows the males and females as they have their respective bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas.

Seeing as I never saw the first film, I didn't know any of the characters in this film and very quickly that was taken care of.  The film did a great job of re-introducing everyone in a very fresh, albeit stereotypical, manner.  I think that that was the movie's downfall.  The plot, storyline and the characters were all very clichéd or stereotypical. 

Before starting on the negatives, let's start with the positives.  The acting was really well done.  Tim Story is no stranger to comedic ensembles, having done the first Think Like a Man as well as Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men.   He does do a fantastic job of juggling the storylines to make sure that everyone gets equal time to show off their talents, and there are some very funny people in this movie.  Kevin Hart is hilarious.  There isn't a time when he is on screen, either alone or with the group, that he isn't funny.  The same goes for Romany Malco.  He has great comedic timing, and that's been true since 40 Year Old Virgin. Everyone was great in their roles, but the actress that I would have liked to have seen utilized was Wendi McLendon-Covey from The Goldbergs and Reno 911. Her character in the movie, along with Gary Owen's Bennett, spends a good portion of the movie being the stereotypical un-cool mom while everyone else in the film was cool.

This leads us into the negatives of the movie.  The movie has all the makings of a clichéd movie.  The writing at certain times felt really forced and not really all that smooth.  Yes, there are some funny one-liners, but truth be told, I can only think of one of the top of my head.  If you are going to present me and the viewing audience with a comedy, there needs to be more than one single funny one-liner that stands out in my head.  The clichés started to pileup within the first 10 minutes, the bachelor/bachelorette party in Vegas, the mother of the groom doesn't like the bride-to-be and is trying to sabotage the wedding, the ONLY white couple in the group is all "un-cool" and "nerdy" while another couple is "trying to figure out their future" and, of course, the British butler who comes through in the end.  The movie had very funny parts, the pool scene shown in the trailer was one of them, but the overall plot of the movie hurt those funny scenes more than help.

The movie had really funny moments, and a great cameo, but it seems like it needed to go through one more draft.  I've never been to a wedding where every couple had some kind of drama going on in their life.  I felt as though they were trying to add drama when there didn't need to be any.

At the end of the day, the movie does have a lot of funny parts, but nothing that I could justify spending theater money on.  DVD money, yeah, go ahead.  Kevin Hart and the rest of the cast justify that, but to spend money for a movie ticket with the prices they are at would be ridiculous. 

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