'Think like a Man Too' goes to Vegas

Cedric (Kevin Hart, center) and Zeke (Romany Malco) have a little bit too much fun in "Think Like a Man Too."
Cedric (Kevin Hart, center) and Zeke (Romany Malco) have a little bit too much fun in "Think Like a Man Too."
Posted: June 20, 2014

THOSE LOOKING for alternative, inexhaustible sources of energy might look into whatever propels Kevin Hart.

The North Philly dynamo and rising box-office star works furiously in "Think Like a Man Too" to plug leaks in the movie's sinking Vegas/wedding-movie premise.

This sequel to the Steve Harvey-inspired "Think Like a Man" features couples in Vegas for the wedding of Terrence Jenkins and Regina Hall - other pairs include Michael Ealy and Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco and Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and Jerry Ferrara, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Gary Owen, Dennis Haysbert and Jenifer Lewis.

Hart, the best man, is a free agent, so the writers can ping-pong his character from couple to couple, club to club, able to draw on his energy at any given moment for what-happens-in-Vegas gags.

And there's the trouble. What happens in Vegas has grown stale, and should absolutely stay there, and not be distributed in movie form. The seen-it-all-before vibe is intensified by the presence of Malco and Ferrara, who only recently appeared in the geezer version of this ("Last Vegas").

The only innovation - or maybe it's a coincidence - is that somehow the movie was able to anticipate it would be opening the same weekend as "Jersey Boys," and makes some jokes at the show's expense.

Beyond that, it's more pre-wedding, one-crazy-night high jinks. The men and the women stage an informal battle-of-the-sexes contest to see which gender can have the most debauched fun, the bachelors or the bachelorettes.

It culminates in a strip club, where poor Hall (so funny opposite Hart in "About Last Night") gets dragged against her will onto the stage and an oily guy gets all up in her grill.

She looks repulsed, and a little bored.

I know just how she feels.


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