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Think Like a Man

Think Like a Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Story
Produced by Will Packer
Screenplay by Keith Marryman
David A. Newman
Based on Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man 
by Steve Harvey
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Larry Blanford
Edited by Peter S. Elliot
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $96.1 million[1]

Think Like a Man is a 2012 ensemble American romantic comedy film directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Marryman and David A. Newman, and based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The film was released on April 20, 2012 by Screen Gems.[2]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
    • Critical response 3.1
    • Box office 3.2
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Sequel 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The film follows four storylines about each of the couples, titled:

  • "The Mama's Boy" vs. "The Single Mom"
  • "The Non-Committer" vs. "The Girl Who Wants the Ring"
  • "The Dreamer" vs. "The Woman Who Is Her Own Man"
  • "The Player" vs. "The 90 Day Rule Girl"

Each of the women are readers of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. When the men learn that the women are hooked on Harvey's advice, they try to turn the tables on their mates, which later seems to backfire.


Six professional basketball players made cameo appearances as themselves:


Critical response

The film received mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 53%, based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10, and the site's critical consensus states, "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".[3] The film also holds a score of 51 out of 100 on the website Metacritic, based on 30 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times viewed that a major problem with the film is that it takes seriously the advice given in the book it is based upon, commenting that such an approach "might have worked as a screwball comedy or a satire, but can you believe for a moment in characters naive enough to actually live their lives following Steve Harvey's advice? The result is a tiresome exercise that circles at great length through various prefabricated stories defined by the advice each couple needs (or doesn't need)."[5] Ebert called the cast "superb" noting in particular the performances of Meagan Good and Kevin Hart.[5] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly also complimented Good and Hart's performance, as well as Romany Malco's performance.[6] He ultimately gave the film a "B-" grade, writing that it is "so busy tracking courtship as if it were a science project that the bite-size love stories lack spontaneity."[6] In a positive review, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune commended the film for "stick[ing] to a formula without falling prey to it" and commented that "its hangout factor is considerable, because the actors' charms are considerable."[7]

Box office

Think Like a Man grossed over $33.7 million during its opening weekend, an accomplishment which ended The Hunger Games‍ '​ four-week run at the #1 spot at the U.S. box office.[1] The romantic comedy film remained on top of the competition during its second week as well, bringing in $17.6 million.[8]

As of June 24, 2012, Think Like a Man has earned $91,547,205 in both the United States and Canada, along with $4,523,302 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $96,070,507. The movie's production budget was $12.5 million.[9]


The film's soundtrack includes songs by Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, John Legend and Future.[10]

Original soundtrack[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Think Like a Man"   Ne-Yo, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Courtney Harrell, Eric Bellinger Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo featuring Rick Ross 4:01
2. "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)"   Allen Arthur, Christopher Bridges, Keith Justice, Miguel, Clayton Reilly, John Legend John Legend featuring Ludacris 3:59
3. "Need a Reason"   Kelly Rowland, Bei Maejor, Vanessa Carlton, T. Boi Kelly Rowland featuring Future and Bei Maejor 4:16
4. "Won't Make a Fool Out of You"   Marcus Canty Marcus Canty 4:13
5. "Baby Be Mine"   Rod Temperton Quadron 4:17
6. "That's the Way of the World"   Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White Earth, Wind & Fire 5:45
7. "Freedom Ride"   Keri Hilson, Arden Altino, Olivier Castelli, Akene Dunkley, Jerry Duplessis Keri Hilson 3:43
8. "Shake That Jelly"   Patrizio Pigliapoco, Christopher Trujillo, William Wesson Billy Wes 3:15
9. "Same Ole BS"   Ronnie Jackson, Philip Cornish, Eric Cire RaVaughn 3:44
10. "Fire"   Brandon Hines, Antoine Harris, J-Hype Brandon Hines 3:47
11. "Motion Picture"   Future Future 4:04
12. "Never Too Much"   Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 3:50
Total length:


On June 28, 2012 Screen Gems announced plans for a sequel Think Like a Man Too, with Keith Merryman and David A. Newman again writing the script.[12] The film was released June 20, 2014.


  1. ^ a b c "Think Like a Man (2012)". Box Office Mojo.  
  2. ^ "Think Like a Man Trailer, News, Videos, and Reviews". Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Think Like a Man (2012)".  
  4. ^ "Think Like a Man".  
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  8. ^ Downey, Ryan J. Think Like A Man' Takes Box Office For Second Week"'". MTV News. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Stephanie. "'Think Like A Man' and the legacy of 'Love Jones'". CNN Entertainment. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland Join ‘Think Like a Man’ Soundtrack".  
  11. ^ Think Like a Man at AllMusic. Retrieved April 28, 2012
  12. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (June 28, 2012). "Screen Gems moving ahead with 'Think Like a Man' sequel".  

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