Think Like a Man | Film review
Steve Harvey wants you to transform your love life—by buying his book.
“Steve says” is a phrase uttered no fewer than five times in Think Like a Man, a battle-of-the-sexes sitcom that derives its oh-so-shrewd insights from the gospel of self-help guru Steve Harvey. (Yes, that Steve Harvey. He’s a gender-relations expert now, apparently.) Harvey’s real-life best-seller, a kind of 21st-century Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, has been adapted into a film about the romantic misadventures of four mismatched couples. In a meta mindfuck worthy of Charlie Kaufman, the book also appears in the movie, with lingering close-ups that feel like product placements. Steve appears, too, hawking his tome on talk shows, just as he probably did when it came out three years ago. Is this a romcom or a feature-length advertisement?
At least the acting is good. Though their boys’-club banter sometimes tiptoes into casual homophobia, the principal pals—among them Jerry “Turtle from Entourage” Ferrara and Margaret scene-stealer Michael Ealy—cultivate a convincing repartee. And while we have to think there are better uses of their time and talent, pros like Regina Hall and Taraji P. Henson class up the other side of the male-versus-female battlefield. It’s too bad, then, that everyone here has been assigned an illustrative label—the Mama’s Boy, the Girl Who Wants the Ring—from Harvey’s book. Steve says there are lessons to be learned from these crisscrossing tales of sex and the city. We say you’re better off not taking relationship advice from an infomercial.