The Second Time Around: Think Like A Man Too

 

Think Like A Man Too
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I love it when a sequel is done right! With the TV promos, radio interviews and press junkets in heavy rotation, it wasn’t a surprise when I rushed out of the office early and went straight to the movies to buy advance tickets of Think Like A Man Too. The promotion for this movie was on point. I even splurged on a later showing for my mother and I. She’s a fan of the movie too.

When the first movie, Think Like A Man was released back in 2012, the concept was centered on Steve Harvey’s New York Times Bestseller, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. So when the sequel was released today, I thought maybe Harvey’s second book would be the concept, but as I began to see previews for the movie, I walked in the theater with no expectations.

What I received was even better. The winning combination of director Tim Story and power producer Will Packer does not disappoint. There was no complex storyline. The movie was just simply funny.

Everything picked up where it left off as the cast reprised their roles like no time has passed. The whole cast is back for part two of an incredible ride of laughter and fun even leaving room for some new faces. The chemistry comes alive once again, which only makes perfect sense why the sequel would take place in Sin City.

The plot of the movie is reminiscent of a cross between The Hangover and The Best Man, except no one is keeping a deep dark secret and everyone remembers what happened the night before. But one aspect does hold true. Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall) are getting married, so we all know what that means – the gang is back together again! While the excessive alcohol, naked strippers, and the inevitable drama of the bachelor and bachelorette parties prove to be run-of-the-mill, it also provided a bit of nostalgia. For me, I wondered what my bachelorette party would be in 5 or 10 years.

The men and women were easily divided as one group tried to out do the other. Which group can throw the most epic party? The character’s personalities shine through even when their roles were clearly defined in the first movie. There was the over-zealous friend much like Cedric (Kevin Hart). He overspent on hotel accommodations (See, the way my bank account is set up…) to ensure his friends had the best time. There were memorable scenes, like the girls accidentally getting high when Kristen (Gabrielle Union) gives all her girls pot breath strips given by her now husband Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara). We also get to finally meet Tish (Wendi McClendon –Covey) who is Bennett’s (Gary Owen) wife transform into a bombshell when the girls perform Bel Biv DeVoe’s hit Poison. All of these moments are components for a true instant comedy.

After seeing this movie, I completely understand why Hart wants to get rid of the term ‘black movies.’ There was nothing racially themed about this movie. It would be a shame if it were clumped into the same theory when more than three African-Americans are the main characters in a film. In the words of what Hart said to the concierge: “I don’t mean to be rude, but you can keep that sh**t!”

Think Like A Man Too has one central theme in which everyone can relate – the ability to move forward. We see that when Michael and Candace finally stands up to his overbearing mother, when Maya (Megan Good) forces Zeke (Romany Malco) to let go of his past, and finally when Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) and Dominic (Michael Ealy) make sacrifices in their careers for the sake of their relationship. Cameos from Drake, George Wallace, Coco, and Wendy Williams only adds to the repertoire of an excellent plot, great cast and awesome scenes. Plus, many more surprises along the way.

Think Like A Man Too is no-holds barred, in your face romantic comedy that will be talked about for many summers to come. As soon as the ending credits were over, my mom looked at me and said, “Excellent.” I agree. She’s a harsh critic too.

What do think? Have you seen the movie? If not, Think Like A Man Too is theaters now.

Mimi Faust Is Not A Reflection Of Me

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I promised myself I would not address the whole Mimi Faust sex tape scandal, but since we’re still talking about it…here goes.

In no way shape or form is Mimi Faust a reflection of me. For those who don’t know, Love and Hip Hop star Mimi Faust made a sex tape or porn video (that subject is debatable) with boyfriend Nikko Smith. In anticipation for the upcoming season of Love and Hip Hop the sex tape was highlighted in the new trailer. Then the video was leaked and Mimi received the largest backlash I’d ever seen. We subsequently rolled our eyes and  expressed our confusion on why she would do such a thing. Even Steve Harvey inserted his two cents in an open letter to Mimi.

Last week, commentators on The Grio’s show Politini addressed this same issue stating, “Seriously, what’s up with the outrage?” “Why are people shocked that ratchet reality stars would make a sex tape?” “Obviously they are in the game to get paid and to extend their 15 minutes of fame, so why are folks acting like our hopes and our dreams and the fate of black womanhood are tethered to this?”

I could not agree more with this statement. The fact that we have to compare ourselves with a reality star is confusing. This whole faux scandal is really a non-issue to me. I’m not mad. In fact, I don’t have any emotions tied to Mimi and her decision to market herself as a porn star. That’s on her.

Image is everything in our culture. If something surfaces that we consider less than, the world shakes and comes to an end, because we feel like there are no positive images of black women in the media. It’s something we fight for more often than we have to. And it’s hard seeing the images of Mimi and Nikko on television and on the Internet. I get it. But we’ve struggled with imagery long before Mimi Faust ever became popular.

Why give the whole sex tape scandal any attention at all? Let’s face it. We are the reason her image gets played like a broken record. Our society craves for more sex and more drama hence our love/hate relationship with reality shows. When images like Mimi’s pop up on our news feeds or timelines, we say we’re not monolithic, but do we really believe it? If that’s the case, let’s stop tweeting about it, let’s stop emulating the infamous shower rod scene and reshift our focus to something else worth talking about (like People Magazine naming Lupita Nyong’o ‘Most Beautiful Person’). We have different perspectives, and most importantly, we don’t have the same morals or values.

Mimi’s decision to do a sex tape does not weigh heavy on me. If you follow the show and all of its antics, someone was bound to come out with a sex tape. I’m surprised it took this long and I’m even more surprised at this whole PR campaign to promote it. At the end of the day, when we give negative actions attention, its people like Mimi who gets paid. Not us. So why does it affect us so much if she’s not a true representation?

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