In the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man Too” (the sequel to 2012’s “Think Like a Man), all the friends and couples from the first movie are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. And once again, it’s a battle of the sexes, as the male friends and the female friends try to outdo each other in separate bachelor and bachelorette parties.
The female friends include Kristen (played by Gabrielle Union), Sonia (played by LaLa Anthony), Mya (played by Meagan Good), Lauren (played by Taraji P. Henson), Candace (played by Regina Hall) and Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey). The male friends include Cedric (played by Kevin Hart), Zeke (played by Romany Malco), Michael (played by Terrence J), Jeremy (played by Jerry Ferrara), Zeke (played by Romany Malco), Dominic (played by Michael Ealy), Bennett (played by Gary Owen), Terrell (played by David Walton) and Isaac (played by Adam Brody). Here is what several stars of “Think Like a Man Too” said in interviews conducted while they were filming the movie.
How was filming “Think Like a Man Too” compared to the first “Think Like a Man” movie?
Union: We come back because we’re hanging with friends. Aside from the movie being really funny and incredibly successful, what we loved most was just hanging out with each other. To be paid to hang out with your friends, and now in Vegas, I don’t know anybody who would’ve turned that deal down.
Ferrara: I kind of didn’t want [the first “Think Like a Man” movie] to end. We were having so much fun making it. Literally, when we started shooting “Too,” it never felt like we stopped shooting the [first] one. That’s why I knew immediately that it was right. That’s when a I knew a sequel in this situation was absolutely going to work.
The minute we got right back at it, the first take, we were knocking off the rust a little bit, but by the time we got to Take 2, it was like, “Oh, we’re back.” [Gabrielle Union] is so good and so professional, she just makes it easy. She’s courageous. She’ll try anything. She’s just a seasoned veteran pro. I love her. I’ve grown to respect and care about her a lot.
Ealy: Coming back with this crew and this cast has been like a family reunion. And I think shooting in Vegas has made the whole thing like summer camp. This second film is more of an ensemble film than the first.
The guys are with the guys. The girls are with the girls. It is like summer camp. We’re the guys trying to sneak across the yard to the girls’ cabin.
Terrence J: It was just a natural evolution. When you look at all of the couples, everyone has grown and matured. We didn’t get what we wanted to see out of the characters in the first one.
And it’s so good to see that continuation and see where they’ve landed now. The entire first movie was about getting the girl, in a certain sense. And this second one is about what happens when you get her.
What can you say about the storyline of “Think Like a Man Too”?
Union: “Think Like a Man Too” is about Candace and Michael getting married in Vegas, and their friends deciding that they’re going to do their bachelor party and their bachelorette party the night before. What could go wrong? Everything. It’s pretty much it in a nutshell.
Hall: Candace and Michael are getting married, so we’re in Vegas for our wedding. Actually, he wants to give me our dream wedding. And I’m excited, except Loretta has come — his mother-in-law — to be part of the festivities, so it changes the weekend a little bit.
Henson: My best friend Candace is getting married. I’m throwing the bachelorette party in Vegas, and the fellas are also having a bachelor party in Vegas. We get to Vegas and all the drama and the mayhem and mishaps ensue.
There’s a knock at the door. She thinks it’s the girls coming. And it’s the wicked, wicked mother-in-law, played by Jenifer Lewis. She’s amazing. She knocks on the door and dampers their plans. She just comes in and takes over.
And Lauren is trying to find a way to ixnay her out of the plans, but she doesn’t go away easily. Finally, we get rid of her and our night starts. It goes from accidentally taking THC strips to dancing on bars to having man meat all in your face to us being in jail and missing the wedding.
Malco: The guys haven’t gotten together for a drink for about three month. They’ve talked on the phone, but they’ve been caught up with work and relationships. It’s interesting. These relationships these men have committed to kind of helped elevate them.
And as a result of that, they don’t have as much time to get together and watch the game and complain about girls. They don’t share that commonality anymore. They now share the commonality of relationships. But unfortunately, a lot of that time now goes toward their women. So they’re taking this bachelor party as an opportunity to bond again, to catch up and be bad boys.
Can you share some perspective about filming on location in Las Vegas?
Union: I think for a lot of America, when you think of Vegas, you think of wild times. You absolutely think of bachelor and bachelorette parties. America thinks of it as pre-marital joy, so we had to have it here in Vegas. Unleashing this particular cast on Vegas was probably not the best idea.
Good: Every character does grow throughout the process of the evening. They things they do to get them out of their shells or express themselves or have open conversations or relationships or whatever it is, we go from everything to performing karaoke on stage with everyone to a strip club — everything that you should do at a bachelorette party.
Terrence J: Vegas is another character in our movie. It’s not just a backdrop. It’s part of the genetic makeup of what this movie is. So you’re going to see us interacting at a plethora of different casinos. We’re at different hotels. We’re doing everything you possibly could do in Vegas.
So as the viewer when you watch this movie, if you’ve never been to Vegas, you just jumped on a plane and got to experience a Vegas weekend. And if you have been to Vegas, it’s even going to be funnier for you, because you know how authentic and real everything is. We’re right there at Caesars, we’re right there at Planet Hollywood, we’re right here in jail.
What would you like to say about your “Think Like a Man Too” co-stars?
Ferrara: The first [“Think Like a Man”] movie was casted fantastically. And the second one is even bigger. With the sequel, you’ve got to be bigger, you’ve got to be better. There’s no wasted role, even if there are four lines, someone great is doing it.
Hart: Men and women try to compete. And when they try to compete, it’s over the dumbest things, nine times out of 10, but you never see it. There’s never been a movie to display it or show why or how.
So, giving the women more to do in this movie was the right call. It also gives our leading ladies to show that they’ve got chops. We’ve got some talented women in this movie, and I think it shows. They hold their own in their scenes. You forget about the guys when they’re on.
And then the guys come up, and it’s a completely different thing. And then we all come together, and it’s another movie in itself. I think we gave our movie levels by adding so much more for them.
Good: Everyone is so good. Everyone is incredibly talented and authentically themselves and they really know who these characters are. Again, I think to a certain degree, we all live and breathe our characters a little bit, a part of our personalities do. But it’s fun to work with them.
It’s fun to see what happens with these characters who were in the first one who kind of never met, and when you get them all together, and everyone is so dramatically different, all the personalities, finding a way to make all of us strong and present and collective but still feel like a unit, it’s wild, and everyone has a good time. To me, that’s my favorite thing about the movie: You feel like everyone is truly enjoying [themselves]. It just makes you enjoy yourself.
Ealy: The dynamic between the guys has not changed. It’s kind of beautiful. Sometimes when you get married, things change and people tend to disappear. The guys don’t play basketball every week, but they’re still a really tight clique. And that’s evident on how they behave in Vegas.
Hall: I love working with Terrence J. Every time I get to reconnect, it’s just great. He’s so wonderful and so warm, so joyful, so pleasant. I love working with him. He’s really, really great.
Malco: I love the people I’m working with. I would’ve come back just to help out, like, hold some lights. With the story and the chemistry of the cast, there’s a good potential for us to make another hit.
Can you describe your “Think Like a Man Too” character?
Hart: I pulled that from a place in a previous relationship. We’re friends now, but we were at a point where we battled so much, when I got out of the house, I was so happy to be out. Whatever’s going on is the best thing ever. Cedric is that guy.
When he’s in those environments, he instantly takes over. He’s a controlling personality. He’s dominant. He doesn’t realize he’s like that because of the way he is in his household. So what he complains about the most has had an effect on him, and he’s now that person he complains about to his friends to some degree.
I think the reason why Cedric goes crazy [about the wedding] is because some people like to do it big for themselves but claim it’s for someone else. I threw a friend a bachelor party. I personally never had a bachelor party, so I didn’t really throw myself a bachelor party. I threw myself a bachelor party, but disguised it for him.
In actuality, I wanted people to go, “Man, Kevin, you did it. This was crazy.” Cedric is that guy. The suite he thinks he’s getting for $4,000 a night. The bus he attempts to get, the pool, the day party — all of this stuff is so big, so lavish, he just wants to guys to look at him and go, “Man, Cedric, you are amazing.”
Why should people see “Think Like a Man Too”?
Ealy: The entire cast is back. We’re in Vegas. It’s probably a more sensationalized, outrageous version of the first [“Think Like a Man”] movie. I think that’s going to make for a more fun viewing.
Terrence J: It’s a good time. I just want you to come to the movie theater and have fun. I want you to leave and feel like the stress from your workday or the stress from your relationship has been alleviated for two hours because you got to laugh at Kevin and the rest of us in this film.
Hart: I would tell people to see “Think Like a Man Too” because it’s a universal movie. I saw that because it appeals to everybody, regardless of race, shape or size. It’s a movie that you can not only understand but relate to.
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