Celebrities Culture Film — 30 April 2012
Think Like a Man: The New Boomerang?

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No, “Boomerang” has not been replaced, but “Think Like A Man” is a really cute movie.  Based on the Steve Harvey advice tome of the same name, this adorable rom com with an all-star cast explores the travails of four different couples.  And it’s currently ruling the box office, trumping the competition two weekends in a row. Check out the figures.

It’s wonderful to see a film starring a beautiful Black cast pulling in audiences.  We definitely need more diversity on the big screen.  God love Tyler Perry and the opportunities he has created for actors and actresses of color, but I am grateful Kevin Hart did not don a frock for this film.

If you are still on the fence about checking it out, let me assure you, it’s worth the price of admission.  Here are four reasons I recommend “TLAM.”

1. It goes by the book, but not too much.

I will ‘fess up that I had major reservations about a film based on a self-help book penned by a comic, but the result was much more amusing than instructional.  Now, did I learn anything from Steve Harveyisms such as: let the man make choices and feel like a breadwinner?  Hells no.  But I did enjoy watching the characters wrestle with his advice versus romantic reality.

2. The laughs. 

Kevin Hart is hysterical, as his stand-up specials, talk show appearances and commercial spots have proven.  He definitely does not disappoint as a rabble-rousing, soon-to-be-divorced member of a motley crew that includes Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Romany Malco, and Jerry Ferrarra.  But Terrence J. got some zingers in too, and Malco has been one-to-watch since “40-Year-Old-Virgin.”

3. The diversity.

No offense to “The Help” and I will not disparage films like “Precious,” but I am not mad at a hit film that portrays a lighter, more carefree side of Black life.  All stories are important, but it’s a shame that we are typically offered these two choices (a) rollicking cartoonish comedy (Madea-thon) or (b) tear-jerking dramas.

4. The beauty.

Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall are fully representing for the mocha mamis.  The fellas are fine as well, with Ealy, Ferrara, TJ, and Malco igniting the screen.  And I mean no spoiler alert, but the beautiful Morris Chestnut makes a toothy appearance.  I will not deny joining the rest of the audience who squealed “Good lawd” at the Roosevelt Icon. Two words:  Sexual. Chocolate. **drops mic, leaves stage.**

Okay, I had my cinematic say.  Your turn:

Did you see the film? What did you think?  If you plan to skip it or see it, tell me why…

 

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