DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: April 20, 2012
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy, Adaptation
Run Time: 123 min.
Director: Tim Story
Actors: Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Terrence J, Gary Owen, Steve Harvey

Think Like a Man, a big-screen version of comedian and radio-show host Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, represents a new type of entertainment. It’s half adaptation and half infomercial for the movie’s source material.

The female characters in Think Like a Man are obsessed with Harvey’s book. They watch Harvey discuss it on an Oprah-style talk show and exclaim of Harvey’s advice, “That’s true!” They visit the bookstore, where they handle and page through Harvey’s book. They read passages aloud to each other. Then, after the women have used the book to wise up, the men in their lives read it to find out what the women think of them. And, in case anyone more interested in the actors and the story’s characters loses sight of the book, its author appears sporadically to speak the book’s truths directly to the camera.

The approach may be crass and self-serving, but the advice from Harvey and his book is sometimes worth heeding. Even so, Harvey’s counsel isn’t nearly as tough as he thinks it is, nor particularly biblical in its specifics. Consider it entertainment with a moral dimension, but also as a sign of how far our standards have fallen as a society.

The story follows four men—Dominic (Michael Ealy), Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara, Seven Days in Utopia), Michael (Terrence J, Burlesque) and Zeke (Romany Malco)—as they pursue relationships with four different women: Mya (Meagan Good, Jumping the Broom), Candace (Regina Hall, Death at a Funeral), Lauren (Taraji P. Henson, Larry Crowne) and Kristen (Gabrielle Union, Good Deeds). Dominic is a professional underachiever afraid to reveal his situation to his status-sensitive love interest. Michael can’t make his woman a higher priority than his mother (Jenifer Lewis, Cars 2). Jeremy is a slacker who’d rather smoke dope and preserve a college mentality than get a job; and Zeke is determined to break the will of a woman whose goal is to wait 90 days before having sex with him. (“Who waits that long?” a character asks incredulously, as if the thought of delayed sex is beyond comprehension.)