I had high hopes for this film, especially since I follow most of the cast members on Instagram and took heed to their heavy promotion during the filming process. Kevin Hart kept tooting his own horn, insisting that part 2 would be BIGGER and better. He lied, partially... because Think Like A Man Too failed to live up to the latter claim. The opening scene was awkward and flat. Mya (Meagan Good) and "Zeke the Freak" (Romany Malco) were introduced first, as if to trick viewers into thinking that they were actually the couple getting married. They're approached by a limo driver who immediately recognizes Zeke and disrespectfully reveals his past "indiscretions", ignoring Mya's presence while egging Zeke on. We are then reunited with every other couple as Cedric (Kevin Hart) narrates all that we've missed since the film's prequel debuted two years ago.
Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J) are the objects of interest; the reason that the friends have assembled in Vegas. The Mama's Boy is marrying the single mom/cougar and Ms. Loretta (Jenifer Lewis) still doesn't think that Candace is good enough for her son. Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and Kristen (Gabrielle Union) are trying to have a baby. In part one, Gabby was portrayed as a control freak and Jeremy just wanted to get high and play video games. She hasn't changed. Neither has he.
When the camera swings to my favorite couple, Dominic (Michael Ealy) and Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), they are all over each other in the backseat of a moving vehicle, passionate as ever... but again, the career woman is faced with the decision to choose her dream job or her dream man. Bennett (Gary Owen) adds some uncomfortable humor, along with his wife Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey). They both are struggling to fit in throughout the entire film. Cedric still argues with Gail (Wendy Williams) and pisses her off to the max when he spends over $40,000 on the suite that he foolishly thought was only $4000/night. He frantically gambles away his last, trying to recover from his mistake. While he's embarrassing himself, fighting to be the best best man, the ladies' bachelorette festivities are bombarded by Ms. Loretta, who's skillfully whisked away by a tall, dark and handsome man, Uncle Eddie (Dennis Haysbert) - The Allstate guy. Typical.
Eventually, everything falls apart and all the couples, plus Kevin and a few irrelevant extras (Lala and Michael's frat brothers), end up in jail. The suspected person bails them out and it's off to the wedding... but they don't get to the venue in time. Cue the emotional climax. The confrontations. The spilled secrets. The apologies. The happy, predictable ending. Basically leaving us to wonder, why didn't Michael just call up a priest and kiss his bride at a chapel?
The "surprise" romantic proposal.
All relationship conflicts are solved.
Reasons to Hate:
Drawn-out basketball analogies. Ex: "The ladies had just scored a slam dunk.", "We needed to switch up our defense."
Plot is nonexistent.
Totally dismissed the book storyline (although Steve Harvey was still credited with a lame Vegas-style appearance).
Bell Biv Devoe "Poison" dance break was too reminiscent of Best Man Holiday. Carbon Copy.
Kevin Hart was clumsy funny. Not funny funny.
Too many unnecessary cameos. Floyd Mayweather, Coco, Fonzworth Bentley, George Wallace, Luenell, and DRAKE. Really?
Wendy Williams was totally aggravating.
Obviously trying to avoid the Black film stereotype with not one, not two... three token white guys.
Supporting cast members and their irrelevance.
Terrence J can't act.
Rating: 3/5. Average. Simple Script with a Popular Cast.
Did you rush to the theater on opening weekend? What did you think of Think Like A Man Too? Honestly.
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