"Think Like a Man"
May 04, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Think Like A ManA lot of big laughs in this buppie rom-com based on Steve Harvey`s advice book for black women looking to get a man to put a ring on it. It`s a box office hit, and deservedly so. Kevin Hart, the 5`-2" stand-up who sounds like a cross between Red Foxx and Chris Tucker, is the stand-out, even though he`s often hard to understand, but everybody in the big cast is pretty good. 

The black director and the two white screenwriters seem to be following a growing tendency in screenwriting, as illustrated by very different movies such as Inception and Moneyball: redundancy. Instead of slowing down to emphasize key points so that the audience doesn`t get lost, come up with lots of entertaining ways to say the same things over and over with small variations really fast. If viewers get 80% of what`s said, that`s enough to keep them on track.