SYNOPSIS: The balance of power in four couples' relationship is upset when the women start using the advice in Steve Harvey's book, Act Like A Lady; Think Like A Man to get more of what they want from their men. When the men realize that the women have gotten a hold of their relationship "playbook", they decide that the best defense is a good offense and come up with a plan to use this information to their advantage. Let the battle of the sexes begin!
Movies that have mostly African-Americans as their leads are unlikely to get theatrical releases on our little island unless of course you are Will Smith or Denzel Washington. Just take a certain Tyler Perry for example; his movies grossed millions in the States but all we get is a delayed showing of “Good Deeds” earlier this year. Thus it comes to no one surprise a romantic comedy liked “Think Like A Man” went straight to DVD here.
Based on an ex-comedian Steve Harvey’s self-help book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” (last we checked it’s still selling on Amazon) and directed by Tim Story who helmed the two Fantastic Four, the movie boasts a strong cast of African-Americans including Michael Ealy (Barbershop), Regina Hall (Scary Movie), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) and Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) just to name a few. Like the Harvey’s book that dishes out advice on relationship problems, the movie condensed the material into 2 hours of fun and feather-light romance featuring an ensemble cast.
To begin with, this particular rom-com actually offers nothing new; we have a guy who is unable to commit to a relationship, another one in the midst of a messy divorce, one is a mama’s boy, a single mom looking for love, a girl who is enduring a 90 days relationship without sex and a lonely career-minded woman meeting a guy who is less successful than her. There are at least five couples right here and each has their own side of a story to tell. Fortunately, the humorous sharp bantering and chemistry between the cast members make it a lot easier to enjoy that you can’t stop rooting for the couples to be together. It’s all crass but not totally offending. Men’s talk, girl’s talk, all the conversations revolve around the conflicts between the genders which makes it lot more interesting to both male and female audience alike.
“Think Like A Man” not only entertains but educates for example you will get a whole lot of new meanings to the words, “cookie” and the “cookie jar”. Ironically the most annoying thing here is watching Steve Harvey appearing as himself plugging his book. Nevertheless, the movie on the whole is much better than another self-help adaptation, “He’s Just Not That Into You” even both suffer from the same scattershot approach to storytelling. Among the annual crops of modern day romances, “Think Like A Man” is a winner. And remember if your man collects vintage Star Wars posters or action figures, don’t simply throw them away, check out this movie or Harvey’s book first.
The DVD extras consist of Six Deleted Scenes and a 5 minutes Gag Reel.
Like any other recent Sony titles, “Think Like A Man” looks perfect on DVD delivering natural skin tones and balanced colours. Sound transfer remains audible and clear throughout together with catchy pop songs and nice ambient sound effects such as in a pub and basketball court environment.
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Review by Linus Tee