Think Like a Man

 
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Cliched relationship comedy has mature romance content.
  • Review Date: April 19, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

On the one hand, there's a positive message for young women that they don't have to accept a relationship the way it is and have the power to set higher standards for themselves and their partners. But there's no foolproof "formula" for a good relationship, and the advice differs for each couple, leading to so much advice that it could easily overwhelm a teenager new to romantic relationships.

Positive role models

Probably the best role model in Think Like a Man is the "happily married man," who's always willing to leave a night out with the guys to return to his wife. He pipes up when he's accused of being henpecked and says he loves his wife and wants to go home. Most of the guys think Steve Harvey is a traitor and then read his book to "defend themselves" against their girlfriends' demands for intimacy, conversation, professional ambition, and commitment. The women who stay true to their hearts end up with exactly the kind of man they need and want.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

It's not surprising that a movie about relationships mentions sex (or its many euphemisms) a lot and has several love scenes and making-out shots -- mostly between couples who've recently begun dating. Shirtless men, women in bras and panties or bare-shouldered and legged are regularly shown. In one of the earliest scenes, a shirtless man in bed flees a woman's house after a one-night stand. One guy who's known for womanizing is considered a "player." Mya refuses to have sex for at least 90 days/until her boyfriend says "I love you." Another couple has sex on their first date and then is shown in bed a few more times.

Language

Fairly frequent use of strong language, including "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "p---y," "t-tties," "jackass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "goddamn," "d--k," "douchebag," etc.

Consumerism

Think Like a Man is in many ways a two-hour commercial for Steve Harvey's book on men and women, especially the first half, when Harvey himself appears many times explaining his various themes and philosophies on relationships. There are also close-ups of three different Mercedes Benz cars, and a Barnes and Noble features prominently in a book-buying sequence. During the basketball games, the guys wear a lot of Nike.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Since most of Think Like a Man takes place at bars or restaurants, there's nearly constant social drinking -- wine, beer, hard liquor, shots, you name it. Jeremy is known for being a pot head, and he and Kristen smoke marijuana once.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Think Like a Man has enough sex and relationship content to make it an iffy choice for immature young teens. And it's not just the passionate kissing and love scenes (men are shown bare chested, women stripping down to their bras and panties) that might be too much for some viewers -- there's also a lot of language (mostly "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch") and alcohol use, as well as some pot smoking. But for older teens who are ready to start thinking about romance, the movie does pose some thought-provoking (albeit a bit cliched) ideas about how different types of people approach meaningful relationships.

What's the story?

Based on Steve Harvey's best-selling relationship advice book, THINK LIKE A MAN centers on a group of guy friends: unambitious commitment-phobe Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), "player" Zeke (Romany Malco), flaky dreamer Dominic (Michael Ealy), mama's boy Michael (Terrence J), and their mid-divorce pal Cedric (Kevin Hart), who narrates the action. After the women in their lives -- proposal-ready Kristen (Gabrielle Union), monogamy seeking Mya (Meagan Good), high-powered superwoman Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), and single mother Candace (Regina Hall) -- read Harvey's self-help book, they start challenging their guys to live up to their standards, until the guys find out and start using Harvey's advice to get what they want.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Let's face it -- Think Like a Man is basically a two-hour commercial for Harvey's book, and he's mentioned constantly. That caveat in mind, the movie's plot is formulaic but still quite funny (viewers may laugh even as they roll their eyes at themselves for laughing). Much of the humor is courtesy of Hart, who, as the group's soon-to-be-divorced friend, gets to play both narrator and joker the entire time, observing all his friends as they make misstep after misstep in their relationships.

The cast is full of many of Hollywood's most talented 30- and 40-something African-American stars (just when you wonder why Morris Chestnut is missing, he actually appears in a memorable cameo), and they supply a near-distracting amount of eye candy (a disproportionate number of scenes occur early in the morning or during workouts, just to show off everyone's bodies) ... which isn't necessarily a bad thing with such a paper-thin premise (i.e. guys need to grow up and treat their women better). When it's not bombarding the audience with Harvey's persona, Think Like a Man includes enough laugh-out-loud moments and sugary-sweet messages on love to be not only tolerable but pleasant, as cliché-filled romcoms go.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the adult, sexual relationships and advice in Think Like a Man are too mature for teens. Who do you think the film is aimed at?

  • Does any of Harvey's advice apply to teen relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding dating.

  • How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Would there be different/additional consequences in real life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 20, 2012
DVD release date:August 28, 2012
Cast:Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson
Director:Tim Story
Studio:Screen Gems
Genre:Comedy
Run time:120 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use

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Teen, 14 years old Written byelmo1997 April 25, 2012
 

Think Like A Man

I think this movie is not right for teenagers to watch because this is not right.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byscreambrentleyx3 April 27, 2012
 

thinking

This is a good movie because you can learn ways in which you can change your thinking skills and think how smart a man can think. This is help you learn how man ways are.
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Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byshawtyyc08 April 28, 2012
 

AMAZING MOVIE !

This movie was hillarious and one of the best african american movies ive seen yet. It was alot of language but over all was a 5 star movie and number 1 recommend.

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