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Movie Review: 'Think Like a Man Too' more predictable, cast makes it funnier

'Think Like a Man Too' movie


From the first few minutes of the film, it's pretty obvious what will happen by the end. Leaving comedian Kevin Hart's character Cedric in charge as the best man will automatically lead to havoc, and of course none of the "Think Like a Man Too" characters disappointed.

These are promotional posters seen around Chicago to promote "Think Like a Man Too" film.
Shamontiel L. Vaughn
(L-R) Actors Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara, director Tim Story, actors Terrence Jenkins, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, La La Anthony, Romany Malco, Meagan Good and producer William Packer
Photo by Jesse Grant

Kristen (played by Gabrielle Union) and Jeremy (played by Jerry Ferrera) are toying with the idea of having a baby, but Jeremy is far more hesitant about it.

Dominic (played by Michael Ealy) is still trying to get Lauren (played by Taraji P. Henson) to not obsess over her career every five seconds. Meanwhile she's gotten a job offer in New York and can't figure out how to tell him, especially when he gets a job offer in Las Vegas.

Cedric is still hiding out from Gail (played by Wendy Williams) while she's got a little something up her sleeve, too. Hint: She started from the bottom now she's...with who?

Michael (played by Terrence Jenkins) is planning a wedding with Candace (played by Regina Hall), but his mom is acting almost as ridiculous as Joyce from "Real Housewives of Atlanta." But when Uncle Eddie (played by Dennis Haysbert) shows up, maybe Michael's mom Loretta (played by Jenifer Lewis) will chill out a little.

Mya (played by Meagan Good) is furious by the amount of women who recognize Zeke (played by Romany Malco) and his hesitancy to talk about anything wedding related.

And what would a bachelor party and bachelorette party be without marijuana breath strips, strippers (Santa Claus in June is the highlight of the film), drinking, dancing, gambling, penthouse suites, pools filled with eye candy, and Cedric power-tripping the whole time. That is, until they get to prison and realize the wedding may have to be postponed.

For fans of "Think Like a Man," this movie is far less about women versus men than it is about woman versus woman, in the form of mother-in-laws versus daughter-in-laws. The downside of this is Hall is incredibly funny, but once again she shows off her more serious side in this film. This is a major downer considering how hilarious she was in "About Last Night and this interview. Michael isn't particularly interesting either, and mean mother-in-laws are far from entertaining to watch. But when Uncle Eddie showed up, their scenario picked up tremendously. Hopefully some real-life cast members of RHOA will watch the show and one in particular will notice the similarities.

Kristen and Jeremy did far less interacting together than in the first film, but the wig scene was enough to be happy this movie couple was back in action. They don't even need weed. Watching these two sober is entertaining enough.

And although Lauren's personality has been played many times in other films, watching stunning people like Henson and Ealy make out is somewhere between being juicy and creating jealousy. Their scenario is also one that's been done many times before, but because of their acting and dramatic reactions, they're fun to see.

So what are the downsides? The music video in the middle of the movie was cool to watch, but the credits made the film look cheap. The sequel would've been better had the cast just danced and sang without making the skit into a real music video, "The Best Man Holiday" style. Or, maybe as a bonus feature, but the scene seemed force with the cast looking directly into the camera recreating old music videos.

In the first film, moviegoers may have not been sure what the end result would be with the couples. In this one, there were no big switch-ups. If not for Cedric's underwear dancing scene and him walking around screaming and freaking out about his hotel bill, the first half of the movie would earn a shrug.

It would've been great if the rest of the cast members showed off their comedic chops more often. Ealy already proved he is far funnier than originally expected during his brief stint on the TV show "Common Law," and several other cast members are naturally funny (ex. Bennett played by comedian Garry Owen, Malco's outlandish interviews). And Lewis was "seriously funny" in "Think Like a Man." In this film, she was just seriously annoying.

However, once the stripper scene came and Santa Claus (played by Brian Ventimiglia) came out, the movie picked up again tremendously.

The new characters -- Tish (played by Wendi McLendon-Covey), Isaac (played by Adam Brody) and Terrell (played by David Walton) -- didn't leave much of an impact either. Actually Santa Claus was more memorable than all three put together, which wasn't exactly a downer considering he gave more than a few women another handsome guy to smile about.

So is it worth seeing? Absolutely. The good parts were good enough to cry with laughter. The less exciting parts were decent. But the original cast of the film is still the excellent group of winners that made the first film a Blockbuster hit.

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