There are some instances when I don’t agree with Rotten Tomatoes, and this happens to be one of those times.
“Think Like A Man,” based on the self-help book by Steve Harvey, has seen crowds turn out in record numbers (I’ve seen them! I was there!) but the critics on Rotten Tomatoes have given the film a 49%, 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 critical consensus is fair (and to be doubly fair, the audience rated the film at a highly reputable 86%), but I personally thought the film would have a higher critical response, especially since most of the individual reviews are fairly positive, even the one by ShockYa’s own Joe Belacastro.
Personally, I really liked the film and I have no snark available for talking about this film in a negative light. I laughed more than I had in a movie theater in a long time, and I felt like this was actually a rom-com that I could enjoy and watch again. It’s no “Pretty Woman,” which is deplorable in how women are represented. And, on a wider scope, this film brings to light so many black actors and actresses that constantly get shafted by Hollywood. So not only is this film highly entertaining, but it also is trying to help fill the void of meaningful black films in Hollywood. To quote Ann Hornaday from The Washington Post, “It seeks to rescue contemporary black storytelling from the clutches of men in drag and misogynist moralizing.” Rant over.
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