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MOVIE REVIEWS: THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

June 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s pretty much what you expect — that pretty much sums up the reaction of most critics to Think Like a Man Too. And large chunks of their reviews could have been cut and pasted from their ones for the original movie, although most of them liked the first film better than the second. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times is one of several critics who remark that star Kevin Hart is simply amping up his original performance. "As funny as Hart can be, and there is no doubt he is funny, Too is a case of too much Hart," she writes. Claudia Puig in USA Today makes this comparison: "The first film was loosely based on the Steve Harvey book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,which aimed to empower women, providing insight into the workings of male minds. The sequel makes no pretense of such perspective. This time it’s men vs. women in a puerile contest of pre-wedding debauchery." And fully half the reviews observe that the writers have simply borrowed a lot of ideas from other movies to use as ingredients here. "See if this reminds you of another movie," writes Rafer Guzmán in Newsday: "During a bachelor party in Las Vegas, several guys get into trouble (and meet a famous boxer) and risk missing the wedding. Before you say The Hangover, consider that the women are also behaving badly, a la Bridesmaids (whose star, Wendi McLendon-Covey, is newly cast as the nerdy wife of Bennett, played by Gary Owen). There’s also a male strip club straight out of Magic Mike." And Peter Keough in the Boston Globe observes: "Not that the Harvey-free narrative can claim much originality _ it has stolen from so many recent films that it’s tempting to think of it as meta-movie, a deconstruction of every comedy that has been remotely successful over the past few years."