Everybody and their mama will find solutions to their drama in this first etching of Steve Harvey’s Think Like A Man movie. It’s silly, it’s hilarious, it’s funny – and all you have to do is watch and listen to learn a bit more about the truth; according to Harvey’s book that is. Claiming to reveal the mindset of men and to empower women based upon the best-selling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think about Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, Harvey and Rainforest Films have brought the drama of four couples, desperately seeking love – whether they know it or not – to the silver screen. Headlining this ensemble comedy drama is Washington, DC’s own Golden Globe nominee and NAACP Image Award nominee, Michael Ealy.

Playing the role of Dominic, Ealy, who also earned the Best Supporting Actor Award from the African-American Film Critics Association, passionately finds his life’s execution as a chef through the inspiration of love for Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), another Washington, DC native, and Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress.

Even though time is money, it will not be wasted as you’ll spend most of your time laughing at characters who remind you of yourself and somebody else (you wish you didn’t know); Think Like a Man was directed by Tim Story and screenplay written by Keith Merryman & David A. Newman. All the while you’ll be viewing a lighthearted and funny educational empowerment moment provided by none other than executive producer Harvey. This movie is one Black comedy you won’t want to miss.

Other characters embroiled in this multiplicity of love battles are played by none other than the following outstanding actors: Alex (Jerry Ferrara) who won’t commit to Kristen (Gabrielle Union); Zeke (Romany Malco) who wants to hit it and quit it with Mya (Meagan Good); and Michael (Terrence J.) who won’t stop being a mama’s boy while dating Candace (Regina Hall). If these drama-filled pairs don’t keep you laughing, Cedric (Kevin Hart) will, who brings comedic relief as he talks constantly about obscene moments or about his divorcee’ Gail (Wendy Williams).

Comically interconnected and diversely opinionated, these desperate couples are haphazardly ignited as the men band together in efforts to trick the women into believing they are the fulfillment of the book’s objectives. Supporting actors Jenifer Lewis, Gary Owen, La La Anthony, Morris Chestnut, and Chris Brown bring more cozy commotion and comical fuss as they agitate this man vs. woman game to a predictable win-win for both teams.

Curiously funny, all four couples suffer from indignation to ego to smitten to love-bitten as they struggle to be free from their filthy habits and inhibitions about relationships. Making plain the concepts we swear we already know, Harvey, is shown in television talk show featurettes, as the drama of eight people and many others swells to a mini-revolution and triumph. Delightful surprises continue throughout the flick featuring Sherri Shepherd, J. Anthony Brown, Omar Leyva, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, Luenell, Jamie Foster Brown and a generous host of others giving decent cameo performances. And last but not least, the camera keeps rolling as professional athletes such as Ron Artest, Lisa Leslie, Darren Collison, Rashad Butler, Shannon Brown, and Matt Brown show the leading men how to really play ball and win.

It’s love, love, and more love in the air! Everyone loves African-American comedy, and Harvey has said a sequel is sure to come.

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Andrea L. Young

Special to the AFRO