So far as I can tell, the intended purpose of Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" was to give women relationship advice from a male perspective, which in turn would help them find the right man. While I have no opinion on his words of wisdom, I do have a thing or two to say about "Think Like a Man," a film that injects Harvey's book into the plot of a romantic comedy. Silly and uninspired, it doesn't analyze his concepts in plausible, satisfying ways; instead, it applies them to manufactured vignettes in which the men are immature brats and the women are conniving and manipulative. There is no truth to any of the characters in this movie. They serve primarily as comedy relief, goofballs we're made to laugh at instead of with.
Taking place in Los Angeles, the film is essentially a series of interconnected subplots, all examining relationships between specific categories of men and women. Steve Harvey makes continuous appearances on television screens in homes and bars with the specific purpose of promoting his book; the women, intrigued, all decide to buy a copy and apply whatever advice they glean to the men in their lives. At first, the men are thrown for a loop. Then one of them catches wind of what their women are doing, leading them to buy the book and attempt to beat them at their own game. And so we must wade through an implausible and childish battle of wits before reaching a conclusion so neatly gift-wrapped that it seems to have transplanted from a third-rate sitcom.
Here's a rundown of the couples featured in this film. There's a real-estate agent named Kristen (Gabrielle Union) and her boyfriend, Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), who still hasn't popped the question after nine years of being with her. Not only is she eager to motivate him apply for a job he's qualified for, she also wants him to stash his collection of sci-fi memorabilia so that she can redecorate to her heart's content. This would include getting rid of his couch, which has a colorful history to say the least. There's Mya (Meagan Good), who's fed up with one-night stands and decides to try out Harvey's ninety-day plan on her new boyfriend, Zeke (Romany Malco). This will not be easy for him; a smooth talker who knows all the good pickup lines, he's an unapologetic lothario with nothing on his mind apart from sex.
There's a caterer named Dominic (Michael Ealy), who's known for his lofty dreams. His current dream is to be a chef, and indeed, he has a talent for cooking. Into his life enters Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), a powerful executive who wants a man with a six-figure income and his own sense of power. Desperate to impress her, Dominic tells her that he already is a chef and is deciding between two restaurant offers. And then there's Candace (Regina Hall), a single mom and Lauren's best friend. She starts dating a man named Michael (Terrence J), who's domineered by his mother (Jenifer Lewis). Needless to say, no woman is good enough for her son, least of all a single mother. Incidentally, Candace's son, while perhaps a little too inquisitive, gets along splendidly with Michael.