Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Think Like a Man (2012)

Image: Sony Pictures

A few years ago comedian/actor/producer/love guru Steve Harvey thought it was about time someone schooled the ladies on how guys really think. The result: a New York Times bestseller, an ego trip and now, a movie.

Based on his book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, this Sony production brings together an almost all African American cast to reenact a few of the book's scenarios: The Mama's Boy, The 90-Day Rule Girl, The Dreamer vs. The Independent Woman to name a few. The first half of the film focuses on what these woman do having devoured all his words, while the second half turns the tables as their male counterparts realise they've been played. And as the saying goes, you can't play a player. Apparently.

Think Like a Man is surprisingly not as bad as the trailer makes out. While it still has a lot of your typical African American rom-com ingredients it's actually watcheable and provides one or two laughs. The main problem with it though is Steve Harvey's need to show up every second. Whether it's on the TV, via his book (and book cover), or the camera cutting to him for him to 'break it down' for us, he just won't go away, in spite of the fact that his commentary is not needed. We all know he wrote the book and so giving him and his oeuvre so much camera time has turned what should have ultimately been a series of light-hearted lessons in love into an irritating sermon, with some actors and some acting thrown in for good measure - even though the only person taking his advice so seriously is him. Also, on top of Harvey, someone thought it was a good idea to let Kevin Hart narrate.

A half-decent film which could have had more universal appeal if not for the never-ending Steve Harvey commercial. Shame.


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