Think Like a Man

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Think Like a Man
ThinkLikeAManPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Story
Produced by Will Packer
Screenplay by Keith Marryman
David A. Newman
Based on Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man 
by Steve Harvey
Starring
Narrated by Kevin Hart
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Larry Blanford
Edited by Peter S. Elliot
Production
company
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $96,070,507[1]

Think Like a Man is a 2012 ensemble American romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Marryman and David A. Newman, and based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The film was released on April 20, 2012 by Screen Gems.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film follows four storylines about each of the couples, 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 hooked on Harvey's advice, they try to turn the tables on their mates, which later seems to backfire.

Cast[edit]

Six professional basketball players made cameo appearances as themselves:

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 53%, based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10, and the site's critical consensus states, "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".[3] The film also holds a score of 51 out of 100 on the website Metacritic, based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times viewed 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)."[5] Ebert called the cast "superb" noting in particular the performances of Meagan Good and Kevin Hart.[5] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly also complimented Good and Hart's performance, as well as Romany Malco's performance.[6] 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."[6] 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."[7]

Box office[edit]

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.[1] The romantic comedy film remained on top of the competition during its second week as well, bringing in $17.6 million.[8]

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 $100,070,507. The movie's production budget was $12.5 million.[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack includes songs by Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, John Legend and Future.[10]

Original soundtrack[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Think Like a Man"   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, Bei Maejor, Vanessa Carlton, T. Boi Kelly Rowland featuring Future and Bei Maejor 4:16
4. "Won't Make a Fool Out of You"   Marcus Canty Marcus Canty 4:13
5. "Baby Be Mine"   Rod Temperton Quadron 4:17
6. "That's the Way of the World"   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 Trujillo, William Wesson Billy Wes 3:15
9. "Same Ole BS"   Ronnie Jackson, Philip Cornish, Eric Cire RaVaughn 3:44
10. "Fire"   Brandon Hines, Antoine Harris, J-Hype Brandon Hines 3:47
11. "Motion Picture"   Future Future 4:04
12. "Never Too Much"   Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 3:50
Total length:
48:50

Sequel[edit]

On June 28, 2012 Screen Gems announced plans for a sequel Think Like a Man Too, with Keith Merryman and David A. Newman also writing its script.[12] In April 2013, it was announced that the sequel would be released on June 20, 2014.[13] On May 28, 2013, it was announced that production had begun on the sequel.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Think Like a Man (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Think Like a Man Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Think Like a Man (2012)". Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Think Like a Man". CBS Interactive, Metacritic. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ebert, Roger. "Think Like a Man". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Gleiberman, Owen (April 25, 2012). "Think Like a Man". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Michael (April 19, 2012). "Think Like a Man movie review". Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune: Tribune Company). Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  8. ^ Downey, Ryan J. "'Think Like A Man' Takes Box Office For Second Week". MTV News. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Stephanie. "'Think Like A Man' and the legacy of 'Love Jones'". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland Join ‘Think Like a Man’ Soundtrack". Rap-Up. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ Think Like a Man at AllMusic. Retrieved April 28, 2012
  12. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (June 28, 2012). "Screen Gems moving ahead with 'Think Like a Man' sequel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Columbia Pictures Sets 21 Jump Street 2 Release Date". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  14. ^ "Screen Gems Begins Production on Think Like a Man Too". ComingSoon.net. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 

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