CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Film Review: Hilarious, Fun Date Movie ‘Think Like a Man Too’
CHICAGO – Date night at the movies has a new alternative to the summer sci-fi and animation with “Think Like a Man Too.” The sequel to the popular first film has a burst of creative juice from an energetic cast, and dares to do something different with the bachelor party in Las Vegas theme.
What distinguishes the film is that the women – putting on their own bachelorette event in Las Vegas – in many ways outdo the guys. Part of the is due to the very funny Wendi Covey-McLendon (the grossed out Mom in “Bridesmaids”) who gets her freak on and steals every scene. But also, there is the super-hot personality of Kevin Hart, in collaboration with director Tim Story, who keeps the proceedings loose and entertaining. From the beginning to the end, with Hart and Story the conductors, the guys and gals of “Think Like a Man Too” just want to have fun.
The gang from the first film is back for the Las Vegas wedding of Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall). Cedric (Kevin Hart) has figured out that he is the best man, and wants to put on a bachelor party that will be Vegas style. The men (Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrera, Gary Owen, Romany Malco) are treated to a mega-suite in Caesar’s Palace, and the women (Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Wendi-McLendon Covey, La La Anthony) are momentarily derailed in their plans by Candace’s mother Loretta (Jenifer Lewis).
Because Cedric books the suite with money he doesn’t have, part of the hijinks involve the gambling elements of Vegas. Meanwhile the women have come up with a plan to distract Loretta with Uncle Eddie (Dennis Haysbert), and have begun their journey through the Vegas night. Along with way, with the bonding of friends and the impending wedding, lessons are bound to be learned.
The Guys Get Their Slow Motion Walk in ‘Think Like a Man Too’
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