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.
Think Like a Man (2012)
Directed by Tim Story
Written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman
Starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Falco,
Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Megan Good, Taraji P. Henson,
Gabrielle Union, Steve Harvey
Based on the book by Steve Harvey
Think Like a Man is a brilliant idea for a film and it’s executed quite nicely thanks to the incredibly talented cast. It operates on a 12 million dollar budget, but it made nearly 100 million just at the box office. I think it’s Tim Story’s best work aside from 2002's Barbershop, which is equally funny and entertaining. The screenplay is based on Steve Harvey’s 2009 book titled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
We are following four different types of couples throughout the film which include “The Mama’s Boy” vs. “The Single Mom”, “The Non-Committer” vs. “The Girl Who Wants the Ring”, “The Dreamer” vs. “The Woman Who Is Her Own Man”, and “The Player” vs. “The 90 Day Rule Girl”. It toggles through each couple before bringing them all together when the men find out that their women are reading Steve Harvey’s book. The men start reading the book for themselves until it bites them in the ass.
Think Like a Man is predictable and formulaic, but the performances are worth the watch. Kevin Hart is redundant as an actor sometimes, but he’s sort of the fifth wheel in the male group of this film and his timing is incredible. Megan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabrielle Union are all perfectly cast and they just understood the script and what was going on. We need more mainstream type films with black casts and that’s exactly what Think Like a Man achieved.