The balance of power in four couples’ relationships is upset when the women (Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson) start using the advice in Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, to get more of what they want from their men. When the men (Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J, Romany Malco) realize that the women have gotten a hold of their relationship “playbook,” they decide that the best defense is a good offense and come up with a plan to use this information to their advantage. Let the battle of the sexes begin!
Fans of Steve Harvey's wildly popular relationship self-help book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man--and even people unfamiliar with the book but interested in love, lust, and related topics--will enjoy the fictionalized film based on it, Think Like a Man. Harvey's book's tenets involve letting a woman's softer side show more, and understanding that men have different sexual needs. The book has been polarizing, but Think Like a Man, the film, gives women more of an even playing field, and handles the topics with a lighter touch. The stars are uniformly excellent and believable, including Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, and Kevin Hart. They help make up four couples in which the women have decided to take the advice in Harvey's book and use the recommendations to get their men on track. When the men discover this, they in turn try to turn the tables on their women. While one wishes so much manipulation weren't necessary in personal relationships, both Harvey's advice and Think Like a Man's softer point of view have merit. The struggles of the couples are believable, and the viewer secretly hopes there will at least be a few happy endings (it's not a spoiler to say there are). Crisply directed by Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four), Think Like a Man is a funny, moving chick flick that will appeal to guys too. --A.T. Hurley