Friday, September 26, 2014

Think Like a Man Too - Review

All of the cast members from the surprisingly successful first film return in order to pull an Adam Sandler and enjoy a free vacation at Las Vegas, in this frivolous sequel. Michael and Candace (Terence J and Regina Hall respectively) are finally getting married, much to the chagrin of Michael's hypocritical Catholic mother, and both want to enjoy one final wild night with their bros/girlfriends. Too bad director Tim Story and the screenwriting team of David A. Newman & Keith Merryman refuse to budge beyond their sitcom sensibilities, once again squandering the talent of their great cast. Now, I gave THINK LIKE A MAN a certified pass because it gave just enough material for all of the actors and actresses to sink their teeth into and had many funny and moving moments, despite the sheer fact that all of the easily solvable conflicts had to be stretched out in order to fill up an unjust two hour running time. Here, THINK LIKE A MAN TOO doesn't even have the common courtesy of possessing a slap-dashed script. The movie instead has a glorified outline, where each couple is given a pale form of friction during their intro scene, then have to rest it under their butts for the majority of the story, until the epilogue finally comes around and they then have to quickly settle their squabble. What takes the focus away from them? Kevin Hart, of course. Here, Hart is eye-rollingly lame, constantly whining about his money woes, which director Story thought is more interesting to behold than people partying and having soulful discussions. He also thought that an off-the-wall music video set to a female version of Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison", complete with on-screen credits, would be a great Act Two showstopper. Further ruining his baby, Story implements terrible ultra-fast editing and many questionable uses of narration by Hart, whether when he states the obvious of scenes he isn't in or covering up the faults of the production and literally telling you the conversations being said. Despite these many major problems, I didn't get angry with the movie because again, the cast is so damn likable and help make the trim offerings more enjoyable; Romany Malco and Megan Good's relationship is still a joy to watch and the new addition of Wendi McLendon-Covey is a great choice. Though I was able to find some minor pleasure, I hope that no further sequels be churned out, especially since Steve Harvey and his book aren't important to the plot anymore.


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