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Movie Review: Think Like A Man Too: "Too" is not always better than one

Think Like a Man Too


Standalone films are nearly a forgone conclusion in the modern movie industry. Trying to duplicate the success of a movie is like trying to catch lightening in a bottle. It’s extremely difficult for any sequel to duplicate the success of a first film that does very well. Sequels have a number of hindrances stacked up against their duplication of the success of the first film. In spite of the lack of success of sequels, there are always films that look to turn the standalone success of a film into a franchise. One of the latest to attempt to recapture the success
Think Like A Man Too is the humorous, second chapter to the comedic extravaganza that granted a hip, fresh perspective on the classic battle of the sexes. The film is the follow up to the surprise hit movie that used Steve Harvey’s book of the same name as a basis for the film that debuted in 2012. The movie stars Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Jerry Ferrara (Lone Survivor), Michael Ealy (Last Vegas), Terrence Jenkins (Baggage Claim), Gabrielle Union (Good Deeds), Teraji Henson (Date Night), Regina Hall (About Last Night), Megan Good (Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Romany Malco (A Little Bit of Heaven), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Lala Anthony (Baggage Claim), Dennis Haysbert (LUV), Jennifer Lewis (Baggage Claim), and Adam Brody (Lovelace).
This second undertaking doesn’t match the overall entertainment value that the original offered. This new addition ratchets up the comedy and waters down many of the aspects that allowed the first film to be a unique film within the romantic comedy genre. Think Like A Man Too loses the great balance of comedy and romance that the first film had as the sequel is more focused on the comedy. The original had an equal amount of the two and neither overshadowed the other giving the film a uniquely fresh and more universal appeal. That creative convergence of the two elements gave Think Like A Man a certain “swag” and distinguished it from other romantic comedies. “Too” doesn’t offer too much depth as the first one offered a lot of insight into modern dating. Think Like A Man too only has one or two scenes that have that emotional gravity that allowed the first one to become a more unique endeavor than what the film initially appeared to be. “Too” removes many of the touching scenes that really allowed you to connect with the characters. Gone are the tender moments between Mya (Megan Good) and Zeke (Romany Malco), gone are the warm scenes between Lauren (Tarja Henson) and Dominic (Micheal Ealy), gone are so many of the other heartfelt moments that really helped the original become something special. “Too” takes the easy route and leans more toward the comedic aspect. It gives Kevin Hart an expanded role and also makes more of a comedy out of the entire film. In addition, it minimizes the seriousness of the film then overemphasizes on the comedic elements. It’s like the afro American version of bachelor party.
The cast is all back. “Too” returns nearly everyone from the original film to better connect the two. Think Like A Man Too really does feel like the next episode and the it reacquaints the audience with that group of characters who seemed to become our friends from the first. Think Like A Man Too creatively continues to develop the characters and the relationships that were begun in the first film. This movie does what every good sequel does. It builds then further the camaraderie that made the original a success. “Too”
Much like all surprise hits that spurn a sequel, Think Like A Man Too had a lot to overcome. This comedic happenstance is one of the better comedies of the year. Consequently, Think Like A Man Too is a far more superficial film than the original. This movie succumbed to all the pressure that had been placed on it because of the success of the first. It buckled, shredded its originality, and became just another humorous relationship film. The comedy is much better (and more excessive) but it doesn’t increase the entertainment value over the first. The first film is a “must see” and this one is more of a “when you see.”