|Think Like a Man|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Story|
|Produced by||Will Packer|
|Based on||Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man|
by Steve Harvey
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Edited by||Peter S. Elliot|
|Distributed by||Screen Gems|
|Box office||$96.1 million|
Think Like a Man is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, and produced by Will Packer. It was based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The film stars an ensemble cast, featuring Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, and Gabrielle Union.
The film was released on April 20, 2012 by Screen Gems. It received mixed reviews from critics, who complimented the film's humor, its soundtrack and the performances of the cast (particularly those of Good, Malco and Hart) but received criticism for it being a "standard romcom". The film was a commercial success, grossing $96.1 million against a $12 million budget. A direct sequel, Think Like a Man Too, was released on June 20, 2014, with the original cast returning, to negative reviews from critics but become a moderate commercial success.
The film follows four storylines, which each focus on one particular couple. They are titled:
- "The Mama's Boy" vs. "The Single Mom"
- "The Non-Committer" vs. "The Girl Who Wants the Ring"
- "The Dreamer" vs. "The Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
- "The Player" vs. "The 90 Day Rule Girl"
Each of the women are readers of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. When the men learn that the women are reliant on Harvey's advice, they try to turn the tables on their mates, which later seems to backfire.
- Kevin Hart as Cedric, "The Happier Divorced Guy"
- Michael Ealy as Dominic, "The Dreamer"
- Taraji P. Henson as Lauren Harris, "The Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
- Terrence J as Michael Hanover, "The Mama's Boy"
- Regina Hall as Candace Hall, "The Single Mom"
- Jerry Ferrara as Jeremy Kern, "The Non-Committer"
- Gabrielle Union as Kristen, "The Girl Who Wants the Ring"
- Romany Malco as Zeke Freeman, "The Player"
- Meagan Good as Mya, "The 90 Day Rule Girl"
- Steve Harvey as Himself
- Gary Owen as Bennett, "The Happily Married Man"
- Wendy Williams as Gail, Cedric's ex-wife
- Chris Brown as Alex, Mya's ex
- Keri Hilson as Heather
- Jenifer Lewis as Loretta Hanover, Michael's mom
- La La Anthony as Sonia, Mya's friend
- Caleel Harris as Duke, Candace's son
- Morris Chestnut as James Merrill, Lauren's ex
- Arielle Kebbel as Gina, Kristen's friend
- Kelly Rowland as Brenda
- Sherri Shepherd as Vicki
- Tika Sumpter as Dominic's girlfriend
- Tony Rock as Xavier, Zeke's friend
- Luenell as Aunt Winnie Hall
- Jessica Camacho as Melissa
- Zach Firtel as Ryan, "The Lingerer"
- Matt Colton as Uncle Jesse, "The Ripper"
- Hayden Fein as Ash, "The Trainer"
- Andrew Ward as Runner, "The Cat"
- J. Anthony Brown as Deacon Johnson
Six professional basketball players made cameo appearances as themselves:
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 54% with an average score of 5.1/10, based on 102 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "In Think Like a Man, an otherwise standard rom-com is partially elevated by a committed -- and attractive -- cast, resulting in a funny take on modern romance." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 51 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that a major problem with the film is that it takes seriously the advice given in the book it is based upon, commenting that such an approach "might have worked as a screwball comedy or a satire, but can you believe for a moment in characters naive enough to actually live their lives following Steve Harvey's advice? The result is a tiresome exercise that circles at great length through various prefabricated stories defined by the advice each couple needs (or doesn't need)." Ebert called the cast "superb" noting in particular the performances of Meagan Good and Kevin Hart. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly also complimented Good and Hart's performance, as well as Romany Malco's performance. He ultimately gave the film a "B-" grade, writing that it is "so busy tracking courtship as if it were a science project that the bite-size love stories lack spontaneity." In a positive review, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune commended the film for "stick[ing] to a formula without falling prey to it" and commented that "its hangout factor is considerable, because the actors' charms are considerable."
Think Like a Man grossed over $33.7 million during its opening weekend, an accomplishment which ended The Hunger Games' four-week run at the #1 spot at the U.S. box office. The film remained on atop the competition during its second week, bringing in $17.6 million.
As of June 24, 2012, Think Like a Man has earned $91,547,205 in both the United States and Canada, along with $4,523,302 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $96,070,507 on a production budget of $12.5 million.
|1.||"Think Like a Man"||Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Courtney Harrell, Eric Bellinger||Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo featuring Rick Ross||4:01|
|2.||"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"||Allen Arthur, Christopher Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel, Clayton Reilly, John Legend||John Legend featuring Ludacris||3:59|
|3.||"Need a Reason"||Kelly Rowland, Lonny Bereal||Kelly Rowland featuring Future and Bei Maejor||4:16|
|4.||"Won't Make a Fool Out of You"||Christopher T. Stewart, Johnta Austin, Kenneth Coby||Marcus Canty||4:13|
|5.||"Baby Be Mine"||Rod Temperton||Quadron||4:17|
|6.||"That's the Way of the World" (Originally released in 1975)||Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White||Earth, Wind & Fire||5:45|
|7.||"Freedom Ride"||Keri Hilson, Arden Altino, Olivier Castelli, Akene Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis||Keri Hilson||3:43|
|8.||"Shake That Jelly"||Patrizio Pigliapoco, Christopher "Tito JustMusic" Trujillo, William Wesson||Billy Wes||3:15|
|9.||"Same Ole BS"||Gamble and Huff, Philip Cornish, Eric "Cire" Crawford, Kimberly Pate, Ronnie Jackson||RaVaughn||3:44|
|10.||"Fire"||Brandon Hines, Antoine Harris||Brandon Hines||3:47|
|11.||"Motion Picture"||Future, Gary Hall||Future||4:04|
|12.||"Never Too Much" (Originally released in 1981)||Luther Vandross||Luther Vandross||3:50|
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