CHELSEA GARDNER | STAFF WRITER
This past weekend one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012 hit the theaters. It instantly became a trending topic on Twitter and so far, most people have had nothing but positive things to say. “Think Like a Man” is an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestseller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. This comedic film with a hint of romance outshined most debuts last weekend and even soared past the very popular, “Hunger Games.” Needless to say, it earned its spot as number one, grossing over $30 million. The film focuses on four couples and how Steve Harvey’s self-help book plays a role in their relationships. At the beginning, we see the book in perspective of the females, but later on the males get the book and begin to use the advice to change the relationship game. Director, Tim Story, designed the movie to appeal to men and women of all races. Complexity in relationships is a universal topic and he successfully showcased this in the film. Sophomore Derric Fozard said, “I liked it, but it was very predictable. Also, it used a lot of basic principles of what people are going through [in relationships] so I can see people identifying with that.”
Steve Harvey, the relationship guru, made a few appearances, but the source of most of the laughter came from Kevin Hart. Hart provided just the right amount of comedic relief to keep the audience attentive and engaged. All in all, the cast had several fan favorites such as Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Micheal Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, and many more. Freshman Courtney Priester said, “I like this movie because it pointed out all the things we do, as women, that could be a downfall in a relationships and/or starting a new relationship. It wasn’t necessarily telling us something new; it just brought things to the light. My favorite quote in the movie was ‘All this waiting for better, is making you bitter’.” Based on the novel, the film heavily discusses the “do’s and don’ts” in relationships by categorizing what roles people play such as, “the non-committer versus the girl who wants the ring, the dreamer versus the woman who is her own man, or the player versus the 90-day rule girl.” Moreover, the film leaves the audience reflecting on what role they may potentially play. Overall, this film is definitely a must-see. It has a great soundtrack and an interesting plot line. Whenever you get a chance to take a break from studying for exams, make sure to see “Think Like a Man” for much needed entertainment and laughter.