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REVIEW: Kevin Hart can’t save ‘Think Like a Man Too’

REVIEW: Kevin Hart can’t save ‘Think Like a Man Too’

LaLa Anthony as Sonia, Meagan Good as Maya, Taraji P. Henson as Lauren, Regina Hall as Candace, Gabrielle Union as Kristen and, rear, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Tish, in a scene from Screen Gems' "Think Like A Man Too." Photo: Associated Press/Sony Pictures, Matt Kennedy

Genre: Comedy | Run Time: 106 min | Rated: PG-13
Director: Tim Story | Starring: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Terrence J, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, La La Anthony

By: George Wolf

The single most surprising thing about 2012’s Think Like a Man may have been that I did not hate it. The film identifies five potential couples, highlights relationship flaws, then advises the women on how to re-train and trap their men.

Ugh.

And yet, as the misguided, sexist, illogical “comedy” unfurled, I began to believe that Kevin

Hart could perhaps save any bad film by virtue of his inexhaustible humor.

This theory has been put to the test, as it appears the poor man is destined never to get a script for anything other than a bad movie: Ride Along, About Last Night, Grudge Match – good Lord, Grudge Match!

So, while Hart proves his own talent time and again, he’s also proven that no one human man can possibly save every bad movie director Tim Story wants to make. Case in point: Think Like a Man Too.

We check back in on all the happy couples of the previous installment as they meet in Vegas for one duo’s nuptials. But first, they will divide on gender lines for bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Nothing says fresh like a bachelor party movie set in Vegas.

Actually, stale is an excellent word to describe this lifeless retread. Story regurgitates every overused image and idea from about a dozen movies and a lengthy Vegas ad campaign. Do you think there’s an ultra-luxurious suite? How about some glamorous poolside action?

Gambling antics? Rain Man mentions?

Don’t tell me there are strippers?!!

Why, yes, you can expect drunken debauchery (though nothing too raunchy that it can’t be forgiven) that leads to a race to make the ceremony.

I swear to God, it wouldn’t have surprised me to find out there was a tiger in the bathroom.
You know what might have been interesting? An Omaha wedding.

Instead, we get more and more and excruciatingly more of the same, shoveled shamelessly at us in the hopes that Hart can somehow make it funny.

Well, he can’t. The man is not superhuman. And that means there’s nothing at all to distract you from everything that is wrong with this film – which is everything.

Verdict-1-5-Stars

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