In Think Like a Man, women rush to bookstores to devour Steve Harvey’s wildly popular self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment. This comes much to the chagrin of a group of male friends who find their love lives flipped upside down after the ladies read the author’s tell-all about how men really work. This a formulaic romantic comedy that asks if young lovers can find common ground, and it predictably responds that they can with the right amount of Steve Harvey-isms.
But the film is also more than that: It’s a showcase for Philly-bred comedian Kevin Hart’s talent (Read A.D. Amorosi’s Q&A with Hart). Has Hart really arrived? Can his comedy still slay against a rom-com backdrop? Think Like a Man proves that the answer to all these questions is a resounding “yes.” The catch-phrase launching, shamelessly unabashed, short-man physical comedy that makes his standup superb is intact, and delivered with fantastic results — and he’s surrounded by an ensemble cast that keeps the comedy rolling way past Steve Harvey’s blah-blah-blah.