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Think Like a Man Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

What Would Steve Harvey Do? Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

More comedy, less romance. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    51

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    As executed by an appealing ensemble of smooth operators, this adaptation often hits its amusing marks, but with a weighty running time of two hours, it often feels more like a lecture than an intended romp.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Even though Think Like a Man espouses something akin to the philosophy in Beyoncé's Single Ladies(Put a Ring on It), it makes manipulation more fun than it ought to be.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Think Like a Man is so busy tracking courtship as if it were a science project that the bite-size love stories lack spontaneity.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Think Like a Man is what it is. But its hangout factor is considerable, because the actors' charms are considerable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Cliched relationship comedy has mature romance content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Think Like a Man has enough sex and relationship content to make it an iffy choice for immature young teens. And it's not just the passionate kissing and love scenes (men are shown bare chested, women stripping down to their bras and panties) that might be too much for some viewers -- there's also a lot of language (mostly "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch") and alcohol use, as well as some pot smoking. But for older teens who are ready to start thinking about romance, the movie does pose some thought-provoking (albeit a bit cliched) ideas about how different types of people approach meaningful relationships.

  • Families can talk about whether the adult, sexual relationships and advice in Think Like a Man are too mature for teens. Who do you think the film is aimed at?
  • Does any of Harvey's advice apply to teen relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding dating.
  • How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Would there be different/additional consequences in real life?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: On the one hand, there's a positive message for young women that they don't have to accept a relationship the way it is and have the power to set higher standards for themselves and their partners. But there's no foolproof "formula" for a good relationship, and the advice differs for each couple, leading to so much advice that it could easily overwhelm a teenager new to romantic relationships.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Probably the best role model in Think Like a Man is the "happily married man," who's always willing to leave a night out with the guys to return to his wife. He pipes up when he's accused of being henpecked and says he loves his wife and wants to go home. Most of the guys think Steve Harvey is a traitor and then read his book to "defend themselves" against their girlfriends' demands for intimacy, conversation, professional ambition, and commitment. The women who stay true to their hearts end up with exactly the kind of man they need and want.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: It's not surprising that a movie about relationships mentions sex (or its many euphemisms) a lot and has several love scenes and making-out shots -- mostly between couples who've recently begun dating. Shirtless men, women in bras and panties or bare-shouldered and legged are regularly shown. In one of the earliest scenes, a shirtless man in bed flees a woman's house after a one-night stand. One guy who's known for womanizing is considered a "player." Mya refuses to have sex for at least 90 days/until her boyfriend says "I love you." Another couple has sex on their first date and then is shown in bed a few more times.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly frequent use of strong language, including "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "p---y," "t-tties," "jackass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "goddamn," "d--k," "douchebag," etc.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Think Like a Man is in many ways a two-hour commercial for Steve Harvey's book on men and women, especially the first half, when Harvey himself appears many times explaining his various themes and philosophies on relationships. There are also close-ups of three different Mercedes Benz cars, and a Barnes and Noble features prominently in a book-buying sequence. During the basketball games, the guys wear a lot of Nike.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Since most of Think Like a Man takes place at bars or restaurants, there's nearly constant social drinking -- wine, beer, hard liquor, shots, you name it. Jeremy is known for being a pot head, and he and Kristen smoke marijuana once.

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