Even if you don’t cosign Steve Harvey’s unconventional Cupid theories, there’s no doubt people are buzzing about the book-to-film adaptation, Think Like A Man, in theaters today (April 20). Based on the comedian/actor/radio personality’s New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the flick showcases a character for every archetype in Harvey’s relationship tome. With an all-star cast, new and old, TLAM offers a solid blend of comedic relief and (albeit occasionally cliché) drama. Peep 10 reasons the film is a must-see. —Johnathan Cruse
Recognized best for serving as a host of BET’s 106 & Park, Terrence J has had a phenomenal rise since jumping on the big-screen scene in 2005. Now in his seventh season alongside beautiful co-host Rocsi, Terrence takes on the role of Michael, the Mama’s Boy who can’t seem to leave the cusp of his mother’s breast until love comes along.
Reason 2: Did we mention Kevin Hart is in it?
Why, yes, we did. We included him in "Reason 1." But, let us reiterate it: Kevin Hart is in this movie. And he is funny. So funny that we've found ourselves cracking up during the TV trailers—even though we've already seen all of them a dozen times now. If you need a laugh, Think Like a Man is going to give it to you. We guarantee it.
Over the past few years, movies starring a predominantly Black or Latino cast on the big-screen had a lot to do with media mogul Tyler Perry. Not this time. Aside from what many believe of Perry’s films to exploit racial stereotypes, TLAM stays away from that approach with characters that audience members can relate to—which leads to our next reason….
Reason 3: Steve Harvey was involved in this movie every step of the way.
Let us be clear: Think Like a Man isn't a book that's been adapted into a movie. It's a movie that points out the way that a book has affected relationships. And, in that way, the movie takes a very innovative approach to filmmaking. Director Tim Story has even gone as far as to use Harvey's narratives to provide direction throughout the film. So, you can see how all the characters interact once they get advice from him and put it to use.
Some films generally get it wrong when they try to mix comedy and a serious subject but TLAM gets it right. Don’t get us wrong the film is guaranteed to keep you laughing but between those laughs you began to empathize with certain characters especially the 90-Day-Rule Girl, played by Meagan Good.
Think Like A Man boasts swoon-inducing moments for both sexes (During one of our screenings, a guy yelled “yum” upon seeing Meagan Good). The eye candy is on high, and the film doesn’t hold back on showing its lead actors shirtless and its gorgeous actresses in form fitting attire to show off every curve. Amen.
Reason 5: The soundtrack sounds like it'll be just as good as the movie itself.
For this movie, the filmmakers haven't just created something that's visually appealing. They've also put a lot of focus on coming up with a solid soundtrack that helps guide the story. So, they tabbed a bunch of big names to help out with the process. Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson, and Rick Ross created the movie's title song. John Legend appears on "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)." And there are tracks by Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, and Future, too. Just a piece of advice, though: You will be singing these songs once you walk out of Think Like a Man. Don't say we didn't warn you. See you on April 20th.
This is either a good or bad thing, depending on your thoughts on Steve’s “think like a man” philosophy. Is it archaic or smart? Meh. Either way, the storyline meticulously follows the chapters of Harvey’s book as a plot device to segue into scenes. Most instances feature Harvey himself as the narrator (insert eye roll for the naysayers).
Every character presented in TLAM will remind you of a friend, family member or worst enemy. Whether it’s The Mama’s Boy, The Player or The Single Mom, be prepared to say, “That’s exactly how she acts!”
...In the best way, of course. Though every actor holds his and her own, one is the clear scene-stealing breakout. With his pristine comedic relief and obvious ad-lib moments, Hart makes every scene bearable, playing a guy fresh off a divorce. When with his boys, who all seem to be finding love while his is ending, the bubbling thespian makes jest out of every moment to mask the hurt of his divorce. Be prepared for a lot more movies with Kevin Hart center stage.