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FILM FANS: 'Think Like a Man' good for laughs, date night

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3 and a half stars

"Think Like a Man" was probably one of the surprisingly better romantic comedies of the year. Although the film did have the predictable relationship foibles, it overcame that with superb writing and acting. The ensemble cast and surprising guest appearances from both singers and television actors drew in the viewer and kept me entertained throughout the movie. The one downside to a really funny movie is the laughter from the previous joke tends to drown out the next one.

Although the movie centers around Steve Harvey's best-seller and he does pop up in the movie to quote passages from the book, the film revolves around Kevin Hart. His machine-gun patter tends to grate from time to time and causes the viewer to miss a line or two of dialogue, you go along with his frustrations and analyses. The movie does start off slow and the jokes seemed forced in the beginning, but it really hits its stride in the middle. Some of the characters tend to lean toward two dimensions but keep the viewer involved throughout.

This movie is an enjoyable two hours and well worth your time.

-- Mark Weinstein,

Lawrenceville

2 and a half stars

Featuring an ensemble cast including Terrence Jenkins, Michael Ealy, Gary Owen, the hilarious Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara and Romany Malco, "Think Like a Man," based on Steve Harvey's book, was quite funny. All my favorite scenes included Hart, who was given a lot of latitude to improvise, which he did very well.

We follow a group of gorgeous men, all of whom are content with their love lives. The cast of stunning women tire of superficial casual relationships and stumble upon Harvey's book. The ladies realize they have the ability to change how they're treated by first learning to cherish themselves and then to expecting to be treasured by men. The men are easy prey and fall right into their "trap." The men also discover Harvey's book, recognize they've been played and turn the tables on the ladies, only to come to the foregone conclusion that they desired to be in committed relationships all along. Predictable? Sure. But I found myself cheering for each couple's happiness and enjoyed watching how the relationships evolved.

"Think Like a Man" reminded me of advice from the Queen of Soul, "All I'm asking for is a little respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T." This was a fun date night movie.

-- Myra Simons, Buford

2 and a half stars

Let's face it, battle-of-the-sexes movies aren't really anything original or new -- they've been around for years. Steve Harvey's "Think Like a Man" neither brings anything particularly fresh to the table or ups the ante, as much as they might have hoped to.

Aside from the multiracial cast, which does offer some sincere laughs, the story is pretty much the same as it's always been. It focuses on a group of guys and a group of women, all single and all caught up in the game that is dating. The story is based on the best-selling book by Harvey, the idea being that if each of the women uses the book, they can get what they want from the man they already have or get the kind of man they want. They just have to think like a man in order to get it. It's just hard to believe women this beautiful and smart would be willing to do so.

While there are some very funny scenes, the whole thing plays out like an expensive infomercial for a book. It's not a terrible movie, which isn't to say it's good either. It stays in the comfort zone.

-- Ron Adams, Statham