Think Like a Man

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Think Like a Man
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
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Larry Blanford
Edited by Peter S. Elliot
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date
  • February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20) (PAFF)
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) (United States)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $96.1 million[1]

Think Like a Man is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story and written by Keith Marryman and David A. Newman, 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.[2]


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.


Six professional basketball players made cameo appearances as themselves:


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 $96,070,507. The movie's production budget was $12.5 million.[9]


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, Rick Ross, 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 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
Total length: 48:50


On June 28, 2012 Screen Gems announced plans for a sequel Think Like a Man Too, with Keith Merryman and David A. Newman again writing the script.[12] The film was released June 20, 2014.


  1. ^ a b c "Think Like a Man (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Think Like a Man Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". 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. 

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