Making the Grades
Las Vegas has become the go-to-place for bachelor/bachelorette parties in Hollywood movies. From The Hangover to Last Vegas, crowds of oversexed grooms and anxious brides-to-be are spending their last night of singlehood on the Strip, partaking of an array of supposedly tempting vices.
Unfortunately in the sequel to Think Like A Man, it doesn’t take long to realize no one in this film is thinking at all. The first part of the movie jumps erratically from one scene to the next, setting up all the scenarios to follow. The clues for the impending disasters are so blatant you won’t need a road map to navigate this highly predictable plot.
When Michael (Terrence Jenkins) decides to marry Candace (Regina Hall), he needs to pick a best man. He means to choose his best friend Dominic (Michael Ealy), but Cedric (Kevin Hart) mistakenly believes he has chosen him. It’s a misunderstanding that has multiplying repercussions.
It all begins when Cedric books a huge, expensive suite with its own private butler (Jim Piddock). Cedric wrongly thinks he is getting the room for $4,000 a night. The actual price is $40,000. That sparks a spat of nasty phone calls from his former girlfriend who discovers her credit card has been frozen.
Unfortunately, Cedric’s other party plans for the male half of the wedding party are just as miscalculated. They include continuous drinking, a stop at a gambling table, a couple of hours at a topless swimming pool and a trip to a strip joint. The girls’ itinerary is not much different with their last stop (predictably) at the same strip joint where they ogle the meaty burlesque dancers before running into their own men. Then to add the expected extra layer of icing to the cake, the entire wedding party gets hauled off to jail for their final hours before the ceremony.
Tossed into this mix is Michael’s mother (Angela Elayne Gibbs), the stereotypical domineering, future mother-in-law. Adele declares herself to be a good Christian woman. But when it comes to charitable feelings toward her future daughter-in-law, she is also sorely lacking. And given the right temptation—in the form of Candace’s uncle (Dennis Haysbert)—even she succumbs to the allure of Vegas’ loose morals before the evening is over.
Charging through the storyline at a frenetic pace, this script looks like another clever marketing angle for the Sin City slogan
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Think Like a Man Too.
A man and a women in a relationship are each given new job opportunities, but in different cities. Do you agree with the pair’s final decisions concerning their work futures? What kinds of sacrifices should a couple be willing to make for one another?
What positive examples of parenting do we see in this film? Why is one of the male characters so worried about becoming a father? What changes his mind? How does Michael feel about taking on the father role for Candace’s son Duke?
What consequences are not shown for these partiers?