Comedies about the battle of the sexes tend to have one clear loser: the audience. Driven by an oppositional view of romance that proved outmoded and seldom funny, Think Like a Man introduced us to six men living in Los Angeles and their corresponding flames. Some of these entanglements were new, others ongoing; all of them apparently left the door open for a follow-up. The sequel promises knee-slapping debauchery simply by virtue of taking place in Las Vegas. All together for the first time in months, the boisterous gang and their better halves descend on the desert for their respective bachelor(ette) parties and a wedding. Would you believe me if I told you that nothing goes according to plan and they're thrown through the movie-Vegas wringer? Male strippers (is there anything funnier in a decisively hetero comedy?), a night in jail and obligatory celebrity cameo all await.
Kevin Hart, whose star power has risen considerably since he appeared in the first film as Cedric, is given a more prominent role in this installment. Still, Think Like a Man Too is as bland and anonymous in practice as it is in on paper. Returning director Tim Story lays out the narrative wares with all the subtlety of a neon sign on the Strip, not that the screenplay from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman (who also co-wrote the first one) gives him much to work with. Taraji P. Henson is given about one-tenth as much to do as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button showed she's capable of, and Hart has yet to break the tradition of funny comedians making unfunny movies.
Tim StoryKevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, La La AnthonySteve Harvey, Keith Merryman, David A. NewmanWilliam PackerSony Pictures