Think Like A Man may be the only thing capable of defeating Katniss Everdeen. The romcom, based on Steve Harvey‘s book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, took the number 1 spot in the box office from The Hunger Games for the first time since the girl power movie debuted, earning a cool $33 million in its first weekend. The movie’s success surprised a lot of box office experts, but it probably shouldn’t have: Romantic comedies usually do well, and Think Like a Man was the only one of the genre to open last weekend.
We were pretty happy to see the movie doing so well if only because two of our favorite stars, Gabrielle Union and Meagan Good, finally got some of the attention they deserve! Remember when Meagan Good was in Roll Bounce and Gabrielle Union was a kickass cheerleader in Bring It On? They’ve both come so far!
Both Gabrielle Union and Meagan Good delivered awesome performances in Think Like A Man, which is pretty much your typical battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, and isn’t a bad movie by any means–but it’d be bad if girls take the movie too seriously.
It seems like the girls are presented pretty one-dimensionally in Think Like A Man: the “Ring Hunter,” the “Independent Woman,” the “Girl Who Makes Him Wait For It.” The guys are too: there’s your “Player,” your “Commitment Phobe,” your “Romantic Sap.” As a result, a lot of the advice that the movie doles out doesn’t take into account that if it’s applied to actual people, it may not work so well.
Plus, think of it this way: Based on how men are portrayed in this movie (“sports beer wings LOL!”), would you really want to think like a man? Granted, thinking like a woman, according to the film, means thinking like a master manipulator, so we’re not sure what’s worse. Sheesh!
If you can take the movie Think Like A Man at face value, that’s great and you’ll probably enjoy it. But if you go home from it using cookie jars as metaphors for abstinence, it’s gone too far. Mind games and arbitrary rules aren’t the best way to start off a healthy relationship, because everyone–and every relationship–is different. Thinking like a man and thinking like a woman, if you’re both intelligent, considerate, and interested in one another, isn’t that much different.
The best advice isn’t to think like a man. It’s to think for yourself.
Did you see Think Like A Man this weekend? What’s your best dating advice? Do you think like a man or think like a woman when it comes to dating? Tell us in the comments!