Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 3.8/10 (415 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
Stars: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart
Storyline Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships, and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing, then the war is on.
Writers: Steve Harvey, Keith Merryman
Cast: Michael Ealy
Taraji P. Henson
(as Terrence J)
La La Anthony
Let the mind games begin.
Release Date: 20 April 2012
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
A quality film in line with Hollywood's traditional romantic comedy formula
Based off the Steve Harvey bestseller, the film "Think Like A Man"opens
with the legendary sound of James Brown singing "It's A Mans World".
Anyone familiar with the song knows the true message of the song is in
the lyrics; "but it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a
That song choice serves as a perfect theme for this conventional
romantic comedy that chronicles the timeless war of the sexes. Now I
realize that the description "conventional" may come across as negative
but that's not my intention entirely. I mean conventional as in "not a
Madea" movie. This quality film falls more in line with Hollywood's
traditional romantic comedy formula rather than Tyler Perry's "play
adapted for film" approach to movie making. There are plenty of laughs
interspersed through out romantic conflicts that are resolved without
any significant twists or surprises.
The plot revolves around the love lives and relationships of six male
friends who fall into very specific roles; the player, the mamas boy,
the dreamer, the non-commiter, the happily married man and the happy
For the most part these guys are blissfully ignorant of the
dissatisfaction that the significant others in their lives silently
That is until the women discover and read Steve Harvey's book "Think
Like A Man, Act Like A Woman". Acting on the advice of the book, the
women manipulate the men into becoming the type of man they each want
and getting the relationships they desire. So can the "player" be tamed
by the girl who keeps her "cookie" on lock down for at least 90 days?
Can the single mom get the "mama's boy" to cut the emotional umbilical
cord he shares with his overbearing, over nurturing mother (played
pitch perfect by Jennifer Lewis)? And what happens when the fellas
realize that they've been "betrayed" by Steve Harvey and then use the
book against the ladies like a sports team with knowledge of the
opposing teams plays.
Although the majority of the cast is Black, the story (due to Steve
Harvey's source material) and the comedy (thanks mostly to Kevin Hart)
is broad enough to appeal to almost all audiences unlike some of Tyler
Perry's movies which tend to cater specifically to Black women.
Every actor and actress does an adequate job in their various roles and
move the film easily from scene to scene. There are plenty of cameos
that make the film fun but Kevin Hart deserves special recognition
because he absolutely shines! He redefines the term "scene stealer" by
being the most enjoyable character every time he appears on screen.
Although many people will consider this a Black romantic comedy, this
film is really too strong to be pigeonholed into that genre. But if
you must classify it as such, then know that this movie breaks Tyler
Perry's stronghold and breaks out of the Madea mold of what Black