Think Like a Man Too

 
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Fans will enjoy slightly less funny, still risqué sequel.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several positive messages for couples about the importance of honesty and communication in a relationship. One couple's differences revolve around an overbearing mother-in-law, but the couple shows that you need to honor your parents even as you stand up for your current or future spouse. Each couple's relationship has a different "message," but they're all positive.

Positive role models

The characters don't always behave in the most exemplary ways, but almost all of the them are happily married or "together" this time around, so they do show how much they care for their partners.

Violence

A fist fight breaks out among the friends, and there's a pretty long brawl in a strip club that leads to multiple arrests.

Sex

As in the first film, there are lots of references to sex (though this time they're regarding monogamous couples, rather than folks who are casually dating or hooking up). Couples are shown in the act of foreplay, kissing in bed, and just after sex, but there are no lingering sex scenes. Nearly every couple in the movie is shown about to have or just having had sex, including one Game of Thrones-themed "role playing" sequence. Some bare backs/cleavage and scantily clad folks in strip clubs.

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," and the start of the "N" word, etc.

Consumerism

Caesars Palace is the movie's main location. Also glimpses of Nike, Ferrari, Under Armour, and Bebe logos/products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of social drinking in the nighttime scenes in Vegas, particularly at the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Jeremy is known for being a pot head, and his stash of edible marijuana is accidentally consumed by all of the women except for one.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Think Like a Man Too is the sequel to 2012's popular relationship comedy Think Like a Man, and, like the original, it has enough sexual humor and content (foreplay, kissing, role playing, skimpy outfits) to make it an iffy choice for younger or immature teens. But for older teens and adults, it's actually a very pro-monogamy, pro-marriage comedy that focuses on what's important in a healthy relationship: honesty and communication. There's a good bit of strong language ("a--hole," "s--t," "p---y") as well as alcohol use and an accidental pot-fueled bachelorette party (the marijuana is in what looks like breath mints). Given the subject matter and the '90s references and cameos, this movie is likely to be more fun for Gen-X adults than teens.

What's the story?

In THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, the gang is back for the wedding of resident mama's boy Michael (Terrence J) to single mom Candace (Regina Hall) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. All of the couples are now together -- chef Dominic (Michael Ealy) and high-powered media exec Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), pot head Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and his ready-for-a-baby wife Kristen (Gabrielle Union), and former player Zeke (Romany Malco) and his lovely girlfriend Mya (Meagan Good) -- except for best man Cedric (Kevin Hart), who, as always, is fighting with his ex. This time the group of friends also includes long-married Bennett (Gary Owen) and Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey). The weekend in Vegas will test the strength of the couples' relationships and make each partner question whether their commitment can go the distance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There really wasn't any point in revisiting these characters, who were left in pretty satisfying unions at the end of Think Like a Man, but the cast is so charming and their chemistry as friends and lovers so appealing that it's no wonder writer-director Tim Story signed on for a sequel. But while there are obstacles in each couple's way, they're so obviously temporary that there's no real drama in the plot as it unfolds. That means that the comedic tension is placed squarely on Hart's shoulders, leaving him to carry the bulk of the comedy himself. 

Still, the addition of Bennett and Tish works well, especially when McLendon-Covey is given a makeover from suburban mommy wear (long skirt, cardigan, comfortable sandals) to killer stilettos, curve-hugging dress, and a brand-new attitude. The Bridesmaids and Reno 911! alum is one of the funniest actresses in Hollywood, so when she joins the other women in a long music-video version of the song "Poison," it's hilarious. But overall, the laugh-out-loud moments aren't as plentiful this time around (on the other hand, there's also thankfully less of Steve Harvey and his patronizing relationship advice. For fans of the original, this is mostly more of the same, while those who weren't into the predecessor likely won't find much to connect with here, either, except for the sillier gags, which are amusing, even if they're really just filler for the lack of a substantial plot.

Families can talk about...

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

  • Do any of the movie's relationship lessons apply to teen relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding dating (and how involved you'll be in their dating relationships).

  • The movie portrays drug and alcohol use rather casually, except for when it comes to pregnancy. What does your family think about alcohol and marijuana use?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 20, 2014
DVD release date:September 16, 2014
Cast:Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Director:Tim Story
Studios:Sony Pictures Releasing, Screen Gems
Genre:Comedy
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material

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Parent Written byDan G. June 21, 2014
 

This movie glorifies irresponsible behavior, not what kids need.

There is abundant adult misbehavior in this movie. Irresponsible sexual behavior is front and center. Irresponsible drinking is also prevalent. Illegal drug use is also shown. (Is there a theme, here?) Strip clubs play a front and center role in this movie that takes place in Las Vegas. The best man for an upcoming wedding sums up the message of this whole movie pretty well; "We're here to make bad decisions and regret them tomorrow." There is nudity in this movie, as well as profanity and constant vulgar language. Almost all of the humor is of a sexual nature. Anyone recommending this movie for children do not love them very much.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy Brew August 8, 2015
Teen, 15 years old Written byWhitelr November 14, 2014
 

Really funny but better left for mature audiences of teens in high school and up

This movie may be PG-13 but it presents mature themes that young tweens in middle school might not recognize.Meaning if you let your kids watch this,they might not understand the jokes in the film.The movie's dialogue is similar to an R rated comedy with gambling,drug references,sex related humor,references,content,and innuendo.The only thing that is keeping it from being rated R is the language.If the f word was said more than once,but that would be different.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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