Film Review: Think Like a Man Too 

The follow-up to Think Like a Man is an upgrade.

They say movie sequels are never better than the original, but Think Like a Man Too undeniably surpasses its predecessor. The sequel picks up where the $90-million-plus-grossing film, Think Like a Man (2012), left off — but in a more entertaining fashion.

Still embodying the witty romance of the first film — inspired by Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man Think Like a Man Too incorporates high-energy action and teaches a few moral lessons along the way.

The film centers on Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall), who were introduced in the previous film as "the Mama's Boy" and "the Single Mom." After falling for each other the first go-around, Think Like a Man Too highlights their decision to tie the knot.

The couple selects Las Vegas as their location to get hitched, and they invite their friends along for the ceremony. This turns into an unforgettable weekend.

click to enlarge The gang in Think Like a Man Too
  • The gang in Think Like a Man Too

All couples introduced in Think Like a Man, including characters played by the likes of Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, and Romany Malco, return for this film.

The guys serve as Michael's groomsmen, and the ladies are Candace's bridesmaids. However, before any wedding takes place, there are the inevitable pre-wedding festivities the night before. But these festivities don't go as planned.

On the guys' end, Cedric (Kevin Hart), identified as the "Happier Divorced Guy" in Think Like a Man, plays the role of Michael's best man. He's unquestionably the most entertaining character in the movie, and his story arc is also the most disastrous.

Cedric plans an extravagant weekend for himself and the groomsmen. He rents a bright-colored Lamborghini, reserves a high-priced suite that comes equipped with a swimming pool among other luxuries, and goes on a gambling frenzy.

Things take a turn for the worse once Cedric realizes that he's maxed out his credit cards. And what he planned to be an unforgettable weekend for Michael transitions into a quest for him to satisfy the hefty tab he's acquired.

The ladies experience their own whirlwind of escapades as well. Different from their mild performances in Think Like a Man, they're collectively funny and vibrant in the sequel.

Candace's arch-nemesis, her husband-to-be's mother, Loretta (Jenifer Lewis), attempts to make the ladies' stay in Sin City as sinless as possible. But her plans are derailed when she comes across a smooth-talking gentleman (Dennis Haysbert) and reheats her love life.

After breaking free from their elderly tag-along, the ladies set out on a night that encompasses heavy drinking, partying, edible marijuana, and performing a rendition of Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" at a strip club.

In the end, an unexpected occurrence reconnects the ladies with the guys, threatening all of their freedom and jeopardizing the big day in the process.

Relatively similar in structure to The Hangover, only with romance and a lot more self-censorship, Think Like a Man Too turns out to have a bigger impact than its predecessor and is an overall solid film. Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity, explicit language, and drug usage, it's obviously not appropriate for the entire family. But, it's definitely worth checking out if you're of age and a fan of romanticism meshed with non-stop amusement.

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Think Like A Man Too
Rated PG-13 · 106 min. · 2014
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/thinklikeamantoo
Director: Tim Story
Writer: Steve Harvey, Keith Merryman and David A. Newman
Producer: William Packer
Cast: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Gary Owen and La La Anthony

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