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Couples learn lessons of the heart in 'Think Like a Man Too'

'Think Like a Man Too' Movie Review

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Want to get some sound relationship advice this weekend? Well, catch the highly anticipated sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man’ in theaters nationwide.

Cedric (Kevin Hart) and the guys reluctantly prepare to take the stage at The Hustler Club to clear a debt.
Cedric (Kevin Hart) and the guys reluctantly prepare to take the stage at The Hustler Club to clear a debt.
Used with permission. Photo Credit: Matt Kennedy © 2014 Screen Gems Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Vegas will never be the same.
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It is quite possible that you just might be tired of all the summer sequels. But don't deprive yourself of this adventure. The story centers around pending nuptials of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrance J.) that take place one weekend in Las Vegas a.k.a. Sin City (all the couples are back for the wedding). But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

This proves to be exactly what viewers wish for that can be summed up in one word-- closure. We are able to see how couples evolve, mature and tidy up some storylines (there is even some mama drama).

Boisterous, annoying, and immature Cedric (Kevin Hart ) is the appointed best man (by default). He promises the guys an eventful no holds barred weekend they won't forget. But, the girls have decided that they will outdo the boys planned night out and send their girl Candace into married life with a bang. The result is hilarious race to a have the best night on the town (with disastrous results). Along the way, both the men and women solidify their relationships with friends and lovers.

The cast includes Adam Brody, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J. Jennifer Lewis Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, David Walton, and Kevin Hart.

It is quite believable that these unlikely couples are in relationships due to the chemistry between the actors. It allows them to deliver their lines with ease and familiarity that comes with intimate relationships and friendships bonded through life events. This is conveyed by the talented ensemble on the silver screen with skill and hilarity.

The motion picture is directed by Tim Story who helmed the highly successful ‘Ride Along’ and ‘Think Lie a Man.’ Returning to work his magic as a producer is the super talented box office hit maker, Will Packer whose smashes ‘About Last Night’, ‘Think Lie a Man’ reigned supreme in theaters.

As expected, Kevin Hart steals the show in his over-the- top portrayal of the larger-than-life Cedric. His performance will have you in stitches. Cedric in contrast to his fellow buddies, (who have evolved in committed relationships and relish a regular life) has failed to develop into a mature individual. In fact, he is stuck in the past trying to relive his younger days going through life without consequences. Although he is married, he takes his wife Gail (Wendy Williams) for granted and doesn't understand (to his peril) what it takes to have a fulfilling relationship.

On the other hand, each couple is dealing with their own obstacles in their relationships. Their happiness is filled with interference from an overbearing parent, insecurities about past reputations, and careers. However, they conquer their obstacles as adults and in the process solidify their romantic unions.

Of course it is by no stretch of imagination that we witness the couples struggling to navigate a weekend in Vegas. The result is a comedy filled with wild antics and mature situations. For example, the men enter a strip club contest in order to win money to pay a debt. The sight of the men in their various costumes (Kevin Hart appears as the character Bam-Bam from the ‘Flintstones’) is side-splitting ridiculous to say the least.

The incredible motion picture soundtrack is filled with tunes from Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo featuring Rick Ross, John Legend featuring Ludacris complete with relationship staples via Luther Vandross and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Despite its zany antics, ‘Think Like a Man Too’ delivers a hard lesson that real love takes commitment work and sacrifice. And, true friendship is built on selfless acts, respect, and understanding.

This film is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, and language and drug material. It has a runtime of 106 minutes.