It's an old Hollywood staple that if something worked the first time, what the hell we might as well try it again. "Think Like A Man Too" is hardly what I would define as high art, but the jokes land at a fairly efficient rate and audience will get out of this exactly what they would expect.
All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, 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.
First off, let's just be honest and admit to ourselves that "Think Like A Man Too" is about as dumb as a bag of hammers. However in spite of that I can't deny that for the most part, that is exactly what is called for in this movie as we don't have a collection of douchey characters get into trouble in Vegas, just a bunch of normal folk who you can get behind and invest in as characters.
Inspired by the book by Steve Harvey "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" which produced the first outing, everyone is back for a second go around and they more or less pick up where they left off. Writers David A Newman and Keith Merryman along with director Tim Story assemble a solid, solid comedy that establishes our primary characters just enough without having to rely on the events of the first film.
The jokes don't always land as they range from groaners to downright inspired, including a music video montage with some guest appearances and some not so subtle jokes about the film's competition that is opening this weekend, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was laughing more often than not. The narrative doesn't get bogged down in anyone specific storyline and does manage to bounce between the men and the women pretty evenly giving them all a chance to develop some real characters then fall into the stereo types of the Vegas comedy.
The chemistry in the ensemble is solid even though it is incredibly bloated. As the story leans less on the battle of the sexes motif this time out, it is really Hart's show to run with as the narrator and leader of this motley crew on his quest to be the BEST best man ever. It has moments of sincerity when it tries to espouse some of the ideas of the book and get all relationshipy, but Hart manages to pull it out of those waters and make it gonzo but heartfelt all at the same time. With the likes of Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P Henson, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Terrence Jenkins, La La Anthony & Gary Owen all returning the comedic chemistry was razor sharp and firing at all cylinders and Dennis Haysbert and Wendi McClendon-Covey join in the fun in the Vegas sun.
All together it is a likeable comedy that for a refreshing change isn't all that mean spirited and while it won't reinvent the wheel or set the world on fire it will do exactly what it has set out to do. Make people laugh, and honestly isn't that enough?
3 out of 5 stars.
"Think Like A Man Too" is now playing in theatres all across the country, please check with listings for show times.