When I think of Steve Harvey, the image of a skinny man in an old fashioned jumper sporting a little afro and verging-on-comedic moustache comes to mind. He’s telling obscene jokes, a lot of which are about women, in front of a howling with laughter audience.
I do not picture a portly, bald headed gentleman in a suit- but still sporting that ‘tache- giving women relationship advice so brilliant that he is able to write a book on the subject. And that’s what he did. And now that book, Act like a Lady, Think Like a Man, is the centre- point of the film Think Like a Man.
Think Like a Man stars Micheal Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins, Romany Malco and Kevin Hart as five friends who happen to fall in to the five different categories of the types of men there are according to Harvey: the Dreamer (Ealy), the Non-Committer (Ferrara), the Mama’s boy (Jenkins), the Player (Malco), and the Happily Divorced Guy (Hart). The first four are put through their paces by their respective amours- Taraji. P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall and Meagan Good- who all use the book to get their men to be who they want them to be.
Mya (Good) is the good -time girl looking for something more serious and so puts Zeke (Malco) through Harvey’s ’90 Day Rule’ where they don’t have sex for 90 days. Kristen (Union) is trying to get her boyfriend of nine years, Jeremy (Ferrara), to propose, get a job and generally grow up. Highly successful COO Lauren (Henson) is mortified at the thought of falling for unemployed dreamer (and oh so dreamy) Dominic (Ealy) and Candace (Hall) is the mother of one who inadvertently finds herself taking on another child in the form of mama’s boy Michael (Jenkins).
And so with the four main couples outlined, the film- for want of a better word- ‘romcoms’ it’s way through. The good acting and hilarious one- liners mean you are able to let the glaringly obvious sexist stereotypes pass and can easily ignore that this is blatantly a two- hour long plug for Harvey’s book because, bottom line is, a lot of women and even men can relate to at least one aspect of the film. The witty and sometimes sensitive (Mya and Zeke’s situation) story is all supported by Cedric’s (Hart) divorce dramas that predominantly take place on the phone until we finally meet his wife near the end, meaning we are laughing until the credits are rolling.
This is a fun and funny film, a great night in with the girls or guys where you can relax your mind and laugh your head off instead of concentrating on the more negative parts.
One thing though, I couldn’t help but cringe at Chris Brown’s supporting role in this ‘battle of the sexes’ drama after his own very public and violent battle with a certain lady of the fairer sex…