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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Think Like a Man Too' gets lost in Vegas

by Roger Moore McClatchy Newspapers - Updated: June 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

Starring Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Dennis Haysbert; directed by Tim Story; 106 minutes; PG-13 for crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material; D+

Sequels, as "22 Jump Street" joked, are always "the same, only worse."

So any pretense of insight into the battle of the sexes and any real connection to stand-up comic turned self-appointed relationships expert Steve Harvey's book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," is long forgotten in "Think Like a Man Too," the sequel to the surprise hit of two springs back.

Kevin Hart has become the break-out star of this ensemble, so "Too" is basically a star vehicle for the Manic Little Man - with Las Vegas as the playground for this "Bridesmaids" meets "The Hangover."

This generally mild-mannered comedy sinks or swims on Hart's back. And as one scene makes clear, Little Man can't swim. Our "Think Like a Man" couples head to Vegas, where Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins) are getting married.

Cedric (Hart) has been mistakenly named best man and is spending every cent he's got for a bachelor party for the ages for Michael, with Dominic (Michael Ealy), "Zeke the Freak" (Romany Malco), Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and Bennett (Gary Owen) along for the ride. Business executive Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) has set up a bachelorette party for Candace, Mya (Meagan Good), Kristen (Gabrielle Union), Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Sonia (La La Anthony) and (Jenifer Lewis) as the groom's mom.

None of it is fresh, and Hart's finest moment comes way too early.

Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers

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