Plot: What’s it about?
Kevin Hart and the gang are back in this sequel to 2012’s Think Like a Man. This time around, the guys travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Of course, the obligatory problems arise before the big day, but the plot is simply an excuse to put all the characters back into one setting. I’ll confess that I’ve yet to see the original film, but this one left me unmoved. Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrance Jenkins) are getting married, and both of the couple’s friends plan parties for each of them. I won’t run through the entire cast of characters seen here, but fans of the first film will be more familiar since they’re all back for this lackluster sequel. The general problem here is that we’ve seen this premise far too often. There’s not even a fresh spin on things, and the watered-down PG-13 limits the antics heavily. Kevin Hart has been busy these past couple years and he does a decent job here, but his ad-libs can only go so far. While I can’t compare this to the first film, it’s clear this sequel was put together rather quickly and it shows. There’s little reason for this film to exist. It’s shallow and predictable and feels more than a little tired.
While it failed to exceed the success of the first film at the box office, Think… was still a hit at the box office, and easily earned its budget back. If a third film is done, then I hope a little more creativity and wit is put into the script. This is one of those occasions where the cast seems to be having a blast, but none of that shows on screen. There’s so much you can do with Las Vegas as your setting, but this film keeps things safe and easy. The premise is nothing original, but maybe if it raised the stakes it might’ve been more successful. I do think a lot of one’s enjoyment of the film will come from their tolerance of Kevin Hart. He gets the majority of the spotlight here, and he can start to aggravate after a while. I didn’t mind the About Last Night remake a while back, but that film had more compelling characters as well as a more realistic plot. This almost feels like a live-action cartoon at times. Fans of the cast or of the first film might enjoy this, but it did little for me.
Video: How’s it look?
While I didn’t like the film, the transfer looks quite nice. Vegas certainly has some strong visuals and this transfer displays that strongly. The print is clean and free of flaws, colors are strong and bold. There’s really nothing negative to say here. This won’t become a demo-disc, but it still looks quite nice. Flesh tones are nice and smooth, and I couldn’t detect any softness in the day scenes. Background shots appeared nicely detailed as well. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD track also supports the film well. There’s plenty of background banter throughout several scenes, but otherwise it’s a front-loaded affair. Vocals were nice and clear with no major issues. Hart comes across as loud and a bit obnoxious at times, but at least he’s well heard. There’s also some loud music in a few scenes. The bass kicks in on a few occasions as well. Like the transfer, this track should please fans of the film.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Deleted Scenes – 2 are found on the DVD
- The Ultimate Sequel – This is a standard 10 minute look behind the scenes. It talks about the development and bringing back the cast for the sequel. There’s some decent notes, but it’s purely promotional in nature.
- Lights, Camera, Vegas – This is a short (6 minute) feature that details shooting the film in Vegas. Yawn!
- Comedy Las Vegas Style – We get randoms interviews with the cast mixed with film clips.
- Deleted Scenes – 4 are exclusive to the bluray disc, but there are 6 total here. These are mostly extended bits, don’t expect anything of too much detail.
- Gag Reel – A pretty lame set of outtakes from the film.
- Think Like a Man Too: According to Kevin Hart – This is a short 5 minute feature that shows Kevin Hart detailing the film and giving his notes.
- Digital Copy