Monday, July 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Review: More is less in overstuffed ‘Think’ sequel

By
From page B3 | June 20, 2014 |

Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter

LOS ANGELES — Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling, comic relationship advice tome “Act Like a Lady,” ”Think Like a Man,” was a box-office hit two years ago, so it’s not surprising that it’s been accorded a sequel. Featuring the entire original ensemble, including Kevin Hart, as well as several new additions to the cast, “Think Like a Man Too” is a frantic, overstuffed follow-up that, with its Las Vegas setting, more closely resembles a “Hangover” sequel than its relatively restrained predecessor. While the film seems poised for major box-office success, it mainly squanders the talents of its talented cast and is bound to test the patience of more discriminating audiences.

Each of the first film’s four couples are again facing relationship issues. Mama’s boy Michael (Terrence J) and single mother Candace (Regina Hall) are about to get married, much to the consternation of his overbearing mother, Loretta (Jenifer Lewis). Newlyweds Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and Kristen (Gabrielle Union) are at odds over her desperate desire to get pregnant. Lauren’s (Taraji P. Henson) and Dominic’s (Michael Ealy) relationship is threatened when she receives a lucrative job offer that entails moving to New York. And Mya (Meagan Good) is unable to get over her discomfort with Zeke’s (Romany Malco) reputation as a player, especially when he’s greeted in his old stomping grounds as “Zeke the Freak.”

Also on hand are the group’s dorky friend Bennett (Gary Owen) and his fashion-challenged wife, Tish (the reliably amusing Wendi Mclendon-Covey); Mya’s best friend, Sonia (La La Anthony); and Michael’s former fraternity brothers Isaac (Adam Brody) and Terrell (David Walton).

And of course there’s Cedric (Hart), the height-impaired lothario — now on a trial separation from his shrewish wife, Gail (Wendy Williams) — who mistakenly assumes the role of Michael’s best man for the wedding and impulsively books a lavish hotel suite, complete with a private British butler, that he thinks is $4,000 a night but actually costs 10 times that.

If that description seems overwhelming, the film, which juggles so many characters and situations that it’s exhausting simply trying to keep up, is no less so. Director Tim Story and screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman seem mainly intent on exploiting the Vegas setting to the nth degree, with the proceedings practically coming across as a paid advertisement for Caesars Palace.

Hart is clearly the dominant presence with his motormouthed line delivery and manic physicality, but while he scores plenty of laughs, he’s also forced to perform such embarrassing scenes as a Risky Business parody in which he frenziedly dances around his hotel suite in his underwear. The rest of the action is divided between so many characters that few of the performers manage to make much of an impression, with the exception of Lewis as the domineering mother who enjoys a one-night stand with the suave, smooth talking “Uncle Eddie” (Dennis Haysbert).

Making a token nod to its literary inspiration with relationship-oriented narration by Hart that barely makes an impression, the film relies on such cliched plot elements as the men reluctantly joining an amateur male stripper contest in an attempt to make enough money to pay for the hotel suite — much to the surprise of their women who have ventured to the club for a bachelorette party. There’s also the requisite comic shopping montage, and a faux music video in which the distaff castmembers lip-sync to Bell Biv DeVoe’s 1990 hit “Poison.” The expected celebrity cameos include Drake and boxer Floyd Mayweather, with the latter making Mike Tyson seem a comic genius by comparison. Kelsey Grammer also shows up for a couple of scenes, to little effect.

“Think Like a Man Too,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material.” Running time: 106 minutes.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Rodriguez student collects, stuffs backpacks for others

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
30 years ago, Art Koch died keeping the city safe

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Weather for Monday, July 28, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Renowned cardiovascular surgeon comes to NorthBay

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10

Business workshop addresses marketing

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10

 
Fairfield gets new pizza shop

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

US / World

.

Opinion

District needs peanut-free schools

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

.

Entertainment

.

Sports

McGloin buried on Raiders depth chart again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Giants lose in Peavy’s debut, swept by Dodgers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
It’s ‘Jeff Gordon Day’ at Indy for record 5th time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Spain sweeps to victory in International Crown

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Mudcats take pair from Pro Player Baseball

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers’ new coach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Jaso has 3 RBIs as A’s beat Rangers 9-3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Horsey wins Russian Open in playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Monday, July 28, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Dale Myers Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Elizabeth Terry

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Beetle Bailey July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Word Sleuth July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Peanuts July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Frank and Ernest July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Sally Forth July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Zits July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

For Better or Worse July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Pickles July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Bridge July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Cryptoquote July 28

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7