Steve Harvey, comedian, actor, radio personality, best selling author and relationship expert, got to add one more thing to his list of accomplishments; his book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man is now a [hopefully equally successful] movie.
Harvey was in attendance at the Philly red carpet premiere of the film – that has the shortened title of Think Like A Man. He told the press that he couldn’t possibly have anticipated the book inspiring a movie; but he’s very pleased with the fictionalizing of his book in a way that does it justice. He stated, there’s no comedic buffoonery; it’s funny, but with good storylines, real characters, and an amazing cast of actors.
In the forward of the book, Harvey professes “I want every woman who truly wants a solid relationship but just can’t figure out how to get one; and those who are already in a relationship and trying to figure out how to make it better, to forget everything she’s ever been taught about men. Erase the myths, the heresy, everything your mother told you, your girlfriends, the advice you read in magazines and on TV - and find out here in these pages, who men really are.”
Well, that’s a lot to live up to in a book or a movie, but I will say, similar to 2009′s He’s Just Not That Into You, this movie also successfully takes apart several relationship and dating dilemmas and evenly distributes screen time between couples and friends trying to figure it all out:
You’ve got the long-term relationship that lacks a ring: Kristen (Gabrielle Union, Bring It On) and Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara, Entourage).
Girl who’s no longer gonna give it up so fast and guy looking for sex, not a girlfriend: Mya (Meagan Good, Stomp The Yard) and Zeke (Romany Malco, Weeds).
Mamma’s Boy securely tied to dominating apron strings and new girlfriend without scissors: Michael (Terrance J, 106 & Park) and Candace (Regina Hall, Scary Movie series).
The successful corporate female raider attracted to a broke dreamer - Lauren played by my girl, Taraji P. Henson looking 100% hotter than her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Dominic played by gorgeous Michael Ealy, who also attended the red carpet Philly premiere. And by the way, these two characters have amazing heat and chemistry!
There’s also a slew of well cast cameos. But the yolk that really holds Think Like A Man together is the crazy, fast, often ad-libbed comedy of Kevin Hart! I want to see the movie again because it was hard to retain all the funny lines, and often hard to hear over the audience’s raucous laughter.
And yet, I agree with Steve Harvey, it’s not all comedy, and for those guys looking to dismiss it as a chick flick, don’t! Cause the men really get to have their say as well. The tables get turned so many times, it’s hard to keep score whether the women or men have the upper hand. But who cares really, as long as men and women ultimately get it together.
Think Like a Man opens today in Philly-area theaters.
And as a bonus, here are a couple of stills from the film’s recent Philadelphia red carpet premiere: