Think like a Man

Think like a Man Information

Think Like a Man is a 2012 ensemble American romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Marryman and David A. Newman, and based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act like a Lady, Think like a Man. The film was released on April 20, 2012 by Screen Gems Pictures.


The film follows four storylines about each of the couples, titled:

  • "The Mama's Boy" vs. "The Single Mom"
  • "The Non-Committer" vs. "The Girl Who Wants the Ring"
  • "The Dreamer" vs. "The Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
  • "The Player" vs. "The 90 Day Rule Girl"
Each of the women are readers of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. When the men learn the women are hooked on Harvey's advice, they try to turn the tables on their mates, which later seems to backfire.


  • Kevin Hart as Cedric, "the Happier Divorced Guy"
  • Terrence J as Michael, "the Mama's Boy"
  • Regina Hall as Candace, "the Single Mom"
  • Jerry Ferrara as Jeremy, "the Non-Committer"
  • Gabrielle Union as Kristen, "the Girl Who Wants the Ring"
  • Michael Ealy as Dominic, "the Dreamer"
  • Taraji P. Henson as Lauren, "the Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
  • Romany Malco as Zeke, "the Player"
  • Meagan Good as Mya, "the 90 Day Rule Girl"
  • Steve Harvey as Himself
  • Gary Owen as Bennett, "the Happily Married Man"
  • Wendy Williams as Gail, Cedric's ex-wife
  • Chris Brown as Alex, Mya's ex
  • Jenifer Lewis as Loretta, Michael's mom
  • La La Anthony as Sonia, Mya's friend
  • Caleel Harris as Duke, Candace's son
  • Morris Chestnut as James, Lauren's ex
  • Arielle Kebbel as Gina, Kristen's friend
  • Kelly Rowland as Brenda
  • Sherri Shepherd as Vicki
  • Tony Rock as Xavier, Zeke's friend
  • Tika Sumpter as Dominic's girlfriend
  • Keri Hilson as Heather
  • Luenell as Aunt Winnie

Six professional basketball players made cameo appearances as themselves:

  • Matt Barnes
  • Shannon Brown
  • Rasual Butler
  • Darren Collison
  • Lisa Leslie
  • Metta World Peace


Critical response

The film received generally mixed reviews. At film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a "mixed" rating of 54%, based on 81 reviews and an average rating of 5.6/10, with the critical consensus saying, "In Think Like a Man, an otherwise standard rom-com is partially elevated by a committed—and attractive—cast, resulting in a funny take on modern romance". The film also holds a score of 51 on the website Metacritic, based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times viewed that a major problem with the film is that it takes seriously the advice given in the book it is based upon, commenting that such an approach "might have worked as a screwball comedy or a satire, but can you believe for a moment in characters naive enough to actually live their lives following Steve Harvey's advice? The result is a tiresome exercise that circles at great length through various prefabricated stories defined by the advice each couple needs (or doesn't need)." However, Ebert called the cast "superb" noting in particular the performances of Meagan Good and Kevin Hart. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly also complimented Good and Hart's performance, as well as Romany Malco's performance. He ultimately gave the film a "B-" grade, writing that it is "so busy tracking courtship as if it were a science project that the bite-size love stories lack spontaneity." In a positive review, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune commended the film for "stick[ing] to a formula without falling prey to it" and commented that "its hangout factor is considerable, because the actors' charms are considerable."

Box office

Think Like a Man grossed over $33.7 million during its opening weekend, an accomplishment which ended The Hunger Games four-week run at the #1 spot at the U.S. box office. The romantic comedy film remained on top of the competition during its second week as well, bringing in $17.6 million.

As of June 24, 2012, Think Like a Man has earned $95,326,341 in both the United States and Canada, along with $3,779,136 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $99,105,477. The movie's production budget was $12.5 million.


The film's soundtrack includes songs by Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, John Legend and Future. . Retrieved April 28, 2012</ref> | extra_column = Performer(s) | writing_credits = yes | title1 = Think Like a Man | length1 = 4:01 | writer1 = Ne-Yo, Harmony David Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Courtney Harrell, Eric Bellinger | extra1 = Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo featuring Rick Ross | title2 = Tonight (Best You Ever Had) | writer2 = Allen Arthur, Christopher Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel Pimentel, Clayton Reilly, John Stephens | extra2 = John Legend featuring Ludacris | length2 = 3:59 | title3 = Need a Reason | length3 = 4:16 | writer3 = Kelly Rowland, Bei Maejor, Vanessa Carlton, T. Boi | extra3 = Kelly Rowland featuring Future and Bei Maejor | title4 = Won't Make a Fool Out of You | note4 = | writer4 = Marcus Canty | extra4 = Marcus Canty | length4 = 4:13 | title5 = Baby Be Mine | writer5 = Rod Temperton | extra5 = Quadron | length5 = 4:17 | title6 = That's the Way of the World | note6 = | writer6 = Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White | extra6 = Earth, Wind & Fire | length6 = 5:45 | title7 = Freedom Ride | note7 = | writer7 = Keri Hilson, Arden Altino, Olivier Castelli, Akene Dunkley, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis | extra7 = Keri Hilson | length7 = 3:43 | title8 = Shake That Jelly | writer8 = Patrizio Pigliapoco, Christopher Trujillo, William Wesson | extra8 = Billy Wes | length8 = 3:15 | title9 = Same Ole BS | length9 = 3:44 | writer9 = Ronnie Jackson, Philip Cornish, Eric Cire | extra9 = RaVaughn | title10 = Fire | length10 = 3:47 | writer10 = Brandon Hines, Antoine Harris, J-Hype | extra10 = Brandon Hines | title11 = Motion Picture | note11 = | length11 = 4:04 | writer11 = Future | extra11 = Future | title12 = Never Too Much | note12 = | writer12 = Luther Vandross | extra12 = Luther Vandross | length12 = 3:50 | title13 = Never Gonna Give You Up | note13 = | writer13 = Barry White | extra13 = Barry White | length13 = 4:51 | total_length = 48:50 }}


On June 28, 2012 Screen Gems announced plans for a sequel to be made of the film, with Keith Merryman and David A. Newman also writing its script. No director, title, nor release date has been given.

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