Instead, go see “Think Like A Man,” which opens in theaters today, and see if you recognize your situation on screen. This film is based on the 2009 book by Steve Harvey, an actor, comedian, host and philanthropist.
Directed by Tim Story and written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, “Think Like A Man” features an ensemble cast with actors such as Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union.
The premise is a typical Mars versus Venus one. Harvey manages to appear sporadically throughout the film, basically serving as a CliffsNotes guide for those who have not read the book. But don’t worry; this isn’t like “The Hunger Games” where reading the book helps to understand the movie. Skipping the bookstore is allowed for this one.
True to the title, the male characters are dominant on screen and with their opinions. They range from happily married, almost divorced and the one who can’t commit. There’s even player who can’t keep track of his women to the mama’s boy with an enabling mother who doesn’t know how to stay in her place.
The women are strong as well. From the career woman to the single mother to the faithful longtime girlfriend, they all know what they want out of life when it comes to love and relationships. They are just missing the perfect man to finish the puzzle.
Harvey’s advice to women is, “Don’t hate the player, change the game.” Most of the women in the book adhere to his advice, but others scoff at it.
I scoffed at it too when I first read the book. Although entertaining, the book advises women basically to manipulate a man into doing what you want him to do. I thought honesty was the best route, but take from it what you will.
However, I am a fan of this movie — so much that I saw it twice. I empathized with some of the characters and laughed at others, but I was entertained all the way through.
Many of the cast members came to Atlantic Station for “Think Like A Man” premiere April 2, and they agreed the writing in this movie made it stand out among other romantic comedies. Romany Malco, who plays a ladies man, Zeke, said “Think Like A Man” goes beyond the romantic comedy genre, and I agree. This film will appeal to all people, regardless of their love lives.
Because there are so many characters and relationship situations, the movie feels long at times. However, it’s worth watching. Movies with ensemble casts can sometimes be hits or misses, but everything worked in this one. There are a lot of surprises as well.
Overall, “Think Like A Man” is an honest portrayal of the thought processes of men and women when it comes to dating, love, sex — not necessarily in that order — and everything that develops after. There is a good balance of comedy, drama and heart in this movie.
So, are you still thinking about your status? I have a suggestion, regardless of what you will identify with after seeing the movie: Aim for “happy,” and see where it takes you.