Is there anything more tired than a comedy centered around a wedding set in Las Vegas?
After the success of the film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book, “Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady”, it’s only natural that a sequel would follow. When Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall) decide to marry in Vegas, the whole crew is invited to take part in the festivities. Among others, the returning cast includes Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good.
As the men and women separate for the bachelor and bachelorette parties, each couple is faced with decisions that threaten to undermine their relationship. While everyone works through their issues, they must also survive a night in Vegas planned by big-spending best man Cedric (Hart).
If you feel like you’ve already seen this movie, it’s probably because you have. No, it isn’t a rip-off of “The Hangover.” This is much too safe and bland to be compared to the hard-R-rating that series is known for. It does follow the stereotypes of every comedy set in Vegas, though. Strip club? Check. Extravagant pool party? Check. Character that needs to gamble in order to pay off large debt immediately? Check. Jail scene? Check. The film’s thin plot isn’t too much of a surprise and it’s certainly not the first film to try and capture the essence of Vegas in a bottle. Thankfully the film does stay away from overplayed jokes about Wayne Newton or the other attractions that tend to be swept up into these films.
As for the comedy, there are a few gags that work really well. One of them that doesn’t? The cliché white character who is the epitome of uncool. Poor Gary Owen walks around with his fanny pack the whole film being the butt of every joke. Get it? He’s the whitest guy in the group so he’s a loser. Hilarious!
The film packs a few laughs thanks mostly to its mascot, Kevin Hart, but the ladies outperform the men overall in both the acting and humor departments. An impromptu music video halfway through the film shows that the females were more willing to go all out with the comedy than the men, who mostly played it straight for the film.
When you combine forgettable characters with a thin plot and the emotional prowess of a Hallmark Channel movie, no amount of comedy is going to make a film great. “Think Like a Man Too” is a film you can probably skip unless you’re a fan of Kevin Hart.