Review: 'Think Like A Man Too' Disappoints
'Think Like a Man Too' is the sequel I most looked forward to this year. Unfortunately, it's terrible, terrible, terrible. The writers, director and entire production staff took everything brilliant, witty, and smart about the original, tossed it out the window and gave us 'Hangovers 4.' Unlike the first film that transcended rom com and cultural boundaries to provide three-dimensional characters with hilarity that supported the plot, 'Think Like a Man Too' ignores the first film's character growth and reduces everyone to over the top anime characters without any type of plot to coherently stitch the action together save every single Vegas/dating cliche you've already seen.
'Think Like a Man Too,' directed, written and produced by the same team that created the exceptional 'Think Like a Man,' surrounds the wedding of the mamma's boy and single mom characters. And, of course, in Vegas, hilarity (doesn't) ensue. I almost don't want to include the names of the actors/production staff in my review as they proved much, MUCh better in other roles.
The original film, using Steve Harvey's self-help book as a base, showed the progression of four types of couples - the player, Zeke (Romany Malco) and the one night stand woman, Mya (Megan Good); the mother’s boy, Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and the single mom, Candace (Regina Hall); the selfish dreamer, Dominic (Michael Ealy) and the selfish business woman, Lauren (Taraji P. Henson); the commitment-phobic pothead, Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and the commitment centric girlfriend, Kristen (Gabrielle Union) and the unhappily divorced man, Cedric (Kevin Hart). However, the sequel walks all over the initial film's character development while tossing in every single rom com cliche possible. In 'Think Like a Man Too,' Mya's inexplicably shocked (shocked!) that her boyfriend Zeke is a playa; the mamma's boy once again stands up to his mamma; the unhappily divorced man is once again single; and the uncommitted couple once again shows the uncommitted male uncommitted about conception. Although in 'Think Like a Man,' Ealy's character started his own food truck line to raise enough capital for his own restaurant; in the sequel, he suddenly contemplates becoming an assistant chef at a Planet Hollywood. Do people still go to those?
On top of that, the film's premise and thin plot of stringing five minute sketches together made no sense. We're supposed to believe two characters so intrinsically close to their actual family and church family in the first film would decide to go to Vegas to get married with their friends (while the single mom leaves her son and entire family behind save one uncle) and the mamma's boy only brings his mother (but leaves his entire church family behind). Really?! We're supposed to believe the mamma's boy's mamma, who previously sacrificed everything for her son's happiness, would do everything to destroy the woman he loves (rather than bonding with a fellow single mother)? Plus, we should believe that same church going, self-sacrificing single mother would have a one night stand and would inexplicably have more money and contacts than a single multimedia executive to treat the entire bridal party to a luxury spa day, an impressive table at Nobu and front row seats at Dionne Warwick? AND, we should believe the entire bridal party are bratty enough to view luxury spa days, Nobu tables and front row concert seats as terrible and boring? Really? Unfortunately, the raw physical intensity between Henson and Ealy in the first film is ALL the writers really explore about their characters.