“Think Like A Man”
Ensemble movies are by definition kind
of choppy, and this one is no exception. In
no particular order, we have the Immature Man Who Won’t Make A Commitment
and the Woman Who Decides She’s Going To Give Him an Ultimatum.
Then we have the Super-Successful Woman who finds that her male
counterparts are so full of themselves that she can’t stand to be around
them, and so she allows herself to fall for Mr. Nice Guy Who Underachieves But
Still Has Dreams. Then we have the
Single Mom Who Needs Someone to Love Both Her and Her Kid with the guy who
indeed loves kids, no problem, and he cares about her too, but he’s The
Momma’s Boy, and he’s going to have to decide which woman is going to come
first in his life. Then there’s The
Man Who Wants Sex First, and might fall in love later, somehow trying to
figure things out with the woman who’s already tried too-casual mating, and
found it frustrating and fruitless, so she’s decided she’s going to
withhold affection for a while, until he “earns” it (don’t really care
for the implications of that, but I didn’t write this).
So she becomes The Ice Queen who insists on his acting like a
gentleman, and opening doors and all that, and he’s supposed to guess if she
might be different when she starts caring.
it gets more complicated. It seems all
these guys are buddies, along with the short fella who’s the resident
comedian, and the big, clumsy oaf who says he has a wife, but we never see her
(so their relationship is somehow irrelevant, because after you’re married
it’s all over?). The plot involves
this popular book called “Act Like A Woman, Think Like A Man” which is
written by this smarmy Mr. Know-It-All who thinks he can tell everyone else
about their relationship, and the weird part is that everyone believes him.
So the women discover the book and start plotting strategy (like asking
the men what their short-range and long-range goals are), and the men find out
about the book, except they think they have an advantage because the women
don’t know that they know.
then you add to this mix some little racial innuendos that would have been
impossible except most of the actors happen to be black, which means they can
get away with saying certain things to each other which the white people
can’t say to them, even if they are supposed to be friends.
other dynamic about rom-coms is that sometimes they’re more comedic than
romantic, and vice versa. And the X
factor is always the raunch level of the dialogue and the racy part of the
love scenes. Well, here we have light
raunch, dialogue only, and no random exposed body parts. Parts of it are cute,
parts of it are chuckly-funny, but it’s intended to be entertainment lite,
and it is.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim Pastor,
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,