Think Like a Man Too
What parents need to know
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?
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. 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. 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?
|Theatrical release date:||June 20, 2014|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||September 16, 2014|
|Cast:||Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey|
|Studios:||Sony Pictures Releasing, Screen Gems|
|Run time:||106 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material|