AYINDE J. STEVENS
Once upon a time, a man had to prove to his fellow villagers that he was the man of the village, the provider, the protector and so on. Once he succeeded, he chose the woman of his dreams and they lived happily ever after.
Today some men no longer feel that they have to prove themselves to women. This has left some women in a lurch; they don’t know what to do with men acting like boys.
But have no fear, Steve Harvey is here!
Harvey, the comedian, actor, radio personality and now writer, has looked down from his god-like perch and has decided that the women of earth need help. So what does he do? He writes a book.
The book, titled “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment,” is the guidebook for a modern woman to figure out the modern man. The book also gives women tips, tricks and other advice about how the male mind works. It’s like in the NBA finals, when one team gets the other team’s playbook. Now imagine if the book came to life in film and this is the result.
Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) is with Dominic (Michael Early) the dreamer, Candice (Regina Hall) is attached to Michael (Terrence J) the mama’s boy, Mya (Megan Good) keeps dating players like Zeke (Romany Malco) and Kirsten (Gabrielle Union) has been with her non-committal boyfriend Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) for nine years.
The women each get a hold of the book and begin their preemptive strike by using a specific tactic in the book that addresses each of their man’s personal flaws.
One of the most interesting tactics is when Mya withholds her “cookies” from Zeke for 90 days. She doesn’t even let him in the house until the fifth date. Now that’s commitment.
It doesn’t take long for the men to find out about the book and when they do, they turn the tables on the women by simply going along with both the book and the women themselves. In theory this would work out for all involved, but it takes less time for the women to catch up than the men.
What the men and women don’t realize is that they need each other. At the end of the day everyone needs to compromise, which is perhaps the biggest theme in the entire movie. Sometimes the woman has to take a step back and other times the man needs to step up his game.
What makes the movie enjoyable and less of a two-hour infomercial for the book is Kevin Hart, who plays Cedric, the guy getting divorced. All he has to do is say something and you are laughing so hard you have a headache. Hart makes the movie worth the price of admission.
The comedy is also not shallow and overtly crass like “Bridesmaids,” which makes it a pleasant surprise to watch with this well rounded cast.
So sit back, relax and bring on the headaches.