Kinda Sorta But Not Really Movie Review: Think Like A Man

Let me start out by saying this first and foremost: I was not paid to do this. At all. Not even for any of the tweets that I sent out in support of the campaign for this movie. I just wanted to get all of that out of the way before we get started. Yes, I was actually compelled to do this from my soul.

Okay?

Okay.

I was invited (along with all of the 50-and-over crowd in DC) to a screening of Think Like A Man, the movie based on the book of almost the same name Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey was there as was Michael Ealy. I was actually on a panel at Howard University with Michael Ealy earlier in the day along with Jasmine from The Jasmine Brand. That was fun. That’s one of the fun parts of this whole successful blogger schtick, you randomly get chose to be apart of cool and interesting things with famous people that get hundreds of women to line up for 75 slots.

On to the movie. I know you all won’t believe this, but…

…it was a really really good movie. Like, it was actually good. As in the type of movie that is well worth you shelling out money to go see. I went into it skeptical as all hell because well, it’s Steve Harvey and its based on a book where a man constantly refers to the box as “the cookie”. And yes, that did come up in the movie numerous times. But you know how we keep waiting for a Black romantic comedy that is worth seeing?

Believe it or not, Steve Harvey is the one who delivered it to us. Not only is it hilarious, but its extremely well written and get this…I actually FELT Meagan Good’s character. She did a really good job of acting in this movie. No more of that non-sensical non-sense we attribute to her roles. Nope. Earlier at the panel with Michael Ealy, he said that she delivered a great role in this movie. Now, I know its his job to sell the movie, but he wasn’t lying. She did a bang up job.

What made it a good movie?

Glad you asked.

For one, the VERY thing we complain about Tyler Perry movies is the lack of good, or even decent, writing. This movie was extremely well written. It was hilarious thanks in part to Kevin Hart who was literally non-stop laughs. Romany Malco (you all remember him from 40-Year-Old Virgin) was also hilarious. Those two characters alone made it worth the laughs. But wrapped underneath the comedy was a movie about relationships that not only worked but looked and felt very accurate. I know that I felt myself cringe a few times because I know I’m guilty of various mentalities and things that I saw.

Real spit, Terrence J was even entertaining to watch. And folks LOVE to clown Terrence J. And the fact that Turtle is supposed to be banging a somewhat drugged out (in a good way…ya know, educated chick who likes bong hits way) Gabrielle Union didn’t even seem out of place. It made sense. Read that again.

The interesting thing that I took from this, and I wonder if women will, is that despite what we tell you all all the time, men actually want their boys to win at love. So even when we tell our boys to do stupid stuff, we actually do hope that he finds a good woman and manages not to blow it. And that’s the case in this movie. The guys all come across as real friends who want their boys to succeed…we just keep getting caught up in man-sh*t. But at the end, what alllllllllllways happens, we find ourselves better off with a woman by our sides who does cause us to step outside of our comfort zones.

Believe it or not ladies, guys do like…and love love.

And in some kind of twisted ridiculousness, we always end up attempting to do right despite ALL of our best efforts to not do right. If we reaaaaaaally like you.

There’s something for everybody and I actually enjoyed it. Look at that, I actually enjoyed a movie that I went in expecting to hate and treat like a random Black movie. It turns out, we finally got a good romantic comedy that we can look to and watch. On purpose.

From Steve Harvey. I know…its still taking time to sink in for me too.

Point is, I think you all should go see it. And I really mean that. Even the most skeptical of us. It’s both a chick flick and a guy flick in one movie and believe it or not, it works. It’s got romance and shenanigans. Fun and folly. But above all else, relatable entertainment. Kind of like…40-Year-Old Virgin for ninjas.

Swear I didn’t get paid for this. And I still am telling you to go see it. It opens nationwide on April 20th. This ain’t a Tyler Perry movie. It’s a good movie. All the way through.

If you don’t like it you can blame me and I’ll take you to the movies some other time. But this is one Black movie I think we should all support. I’m even going to go see it again.

Panama’s Rating: 5 out of 5 Afropicks.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. I SAW A STEVE HARVEY MOVIE AND I LIKED IT AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS TSHIRT aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

PS: And for those interested, check out the extended cut of Episode 3 of Madame Noire’s “Ask A Black Man” featuring Panama Jackson. It’s the sex episode and home to the epic side-eye courtesy of VSB P.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

    You’re too positive P. I need a movie review from a snarky, cynical, more assholish cat Champ before I shell out 20 plus. I’ve had bad experiences with movies full of young, extremely, good looking black people.

    • D

      Amen! Thou doth protest too much: “I wasn’t paid to like this movie”!, “I really liked this movie, it’s not cuz I was paid!”…”even though I got free tix to this premiere, it didnt bias me liking this movie”…JEESH! Ok, we get it…

      • Deeds

        I was thinking the same thing

        • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

          “Thou doth protest too much:”

          LOL, I guess we were all thinking the same thing. (But maybe you should have tried to get paid since you liked it anyway?)

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        y’all will be okay. sheesh. some of y’all ninjas just complain too much. lol.

        the reason i wrote that at the beginning was specifically b/c as much as we’ve lampooned Steve Harvey AND his book ’round here, i wanted people to know that i aint get paid to do some sh*t and then change my mind. i was more than ready to dead this joint.

        hell, i had no desire to even see it. period. it was free so i went.

        and getting free tickets to a screening doesn’t bias anything. if something sucks, it sucks. period.

        • http://www.blackyodaprime.blogspot.com/ black yoda

          I’m still thinking they paid you…..BUT…..I think I ‘ll go see it. It’ll be worth the $20 (plus $5 for snacks bought from the dollar store) just to see Clutch blow a gasket the following week :o)

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            i wish they paid me. lol. but alas. they did not. they got free labor out of me.

            • JEHeartbreak

              Only my 2nd time reading and I’m hooked to VSB. The comments are hilarious.

          • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

            Lol@”just to see Clutch blow a gasket the following week”

        • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

          I hated Steve Harvey, when the book first came out, but when I started talking to women who had read the book, I saw a re-occurring theme: none of the women admitted to learning anything from it. Most women didn’t start putting men on the 90 Day trial, most women didn’t start writing out interviews for any dates and most women didn’t even refer to their p*ssies as cookies. In fact, all the women pretty much told me that the book made them feel better about themselves for the most part. The women who hated the book, tended to be women who were simply offended that a promiscuous man like Steve Harvey had the gall to even give advice to women in the first place, they really didn’t care about the advice or how good/bad it was.

          That being said, just like Zane makes money off writing novels that take advantage of women’s lack of fantasy fulfillment in the real world, Steve Harvey took advantage of women’s lack of certainty in relationships and provided a way to attaining certainty when dealing with men. He continues to expand his career off that exploitation. Since both the female self-help industry and the erotica novel writing industry are billion dollar industries, I kind of feel it’s phony and typical to hate Steve Harvey for being successful at something that too many people were already doing before he came on board.

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            +1

          • southernsweetness

            +2

        • http://eboneeyes.wordpress.com Eb

          i, too, went to the screening here in Az last week. I, too, was skeptical. I, too, was amazed that I actually enjoyed the movie. I wouldnt mind catching it again. It brought me hope to the future of black romance comedies…

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

      *hey booo!!!!!*

    • Nolan Voyd

      +1

    • GypsyCurl

      Panama, i am glad to hear that the movie was good because I was going to go see it regardless. And take my white boyfriend. Your review has made me sigh with relief for teo reasons:

      1. I can finally take my boyfriend to a quality black film to show him we do have good stuff. (I think we went to see For Colored Girls, Jumping the Broom, Just Wright- I liked Just Wright and bought the DVD, Red Tails- He liked Red Tails and some documentaries- Being Elmo was awesome) Mostly I have him watch my DVD collection which is only compised of my opinion of good quality black film such as BoyzNDaHood and SpikeLeeJoints.

      2. I wont (hopefully) be disappointed that I went to support a black film constantly hoping that this will be the breakout black film that will result in a string of good black film. You cant tell me Spike Lee didnt influence a string of good black cinema by other black producers in the 80s and early 90s. Even though we all hate Tyler Perry, his terrible movies just may have influenced others to make better movies than him seeing as he is raking in on bad movies.

      • Mena

        Being Elmo

        Did you cry a bit when he threw the party for his daughter? I loved it and it showed what can happen when parents stand by their child even when their dreams seem out in left field.

        • Aly

          I absolutely loved that movie! Watched it on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. And I thought the same thing about the power of a parent’s love… his mother was especially awesome.

          • Mena

            I thought his dad was the coolest. Remember when dude cut up the winter coat and his dad was like “next time, just ask.” Many black men would look at their son playing with puppets and sewing machines and would be embarrassed. He embraced his son. I LOVED IT!! And momma was awesome as well.

            • Aly

              You’re right! I’d forgotten about that part! That was really sweet.

          • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

            I know, right. Had his parents discouraged him because being a puppeteer was an unusual thing to be interested in look at the life he would have missed having. Every new parent should see this film.

        • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

          I just saw that last week. It was such a great film on so many levels.

        • GypsyCurl

          I cried through the whole thing. I was very touched by the positivity. And Elmo is love.

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        this alone kilt me dead

        ” I can finally take my boyfriend to a quality black film to show him we do have good stuff. “

        • GypsyCurl

          Well, I drag him to all things black. I don’t want him to start hating the experiences. But he does approach me with things black oriented that he is interested in and I like that he does that.

      • Jasmin

        This made me laugh, because my boyfriend (who’s also white) loves him some black movies. Hell, he saw Something New before I did. :-P

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      ” I’ve had bad experiences with movies full of young, extremely, good looking black people. ”

      You look better than ole ashy eyes who is in the movie. And the rest of the Black people and the one White person in the movie. Don’t believe the Hollywood hype on what’s good looking.

      • http://afrikanmami.blgospot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

        I think you must not have seen my name….this sleek passes you making, no ma’m!!

        *I’m doin the SQUIKLODOODLE* dance by the way.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          * laughs hysterically *

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Looking is FREE
            :) and the view is lovely!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      how is it possible to be too positive? lol. that’s like a backhanded compliment.

      and every bad experience you’ve had, i’ve probalby had 3. lest we forget, i’m the ninja who ACTIVELY watches every movie that has ninjas in it. But this was actually a good movie. I was surprised.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/fiveisthenumber fiveisthenumber

    Well, I think that I will check it out on GP. (Do people still say GP?)

    I went to High School with Romany so I have to support his projects!

    • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

      I still say “on/off gp” lol

      • https://twitter.com/#!/fiveisthenumber fiveisthenumber

        Well I’m glad to know there is at least two of us left in the world that do…

    • Yoles

      I say GP all the time!!! Carry on my friends

    • GypsyCurl

      Lucky you. I love Romany.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      ya know…that dude does not get enough roles. he’s hilarious.

      • Iceprincess

        Agreed! Loved him on “weeds” & in the tina faye movie “baby momma”. His part in that made the movie IMO.

        • http://twitter.com/itztrizz617 Tristan

          Love Guru almost ethered his career….damn that movie was bad

  • Aly

    Thanks for the review P. Don’t know you, but somehow I trust your taste in movies- go figure :-) (Btw, you don’t have to convince us that you didn’t get paid, we believe you!)

    • tgtaggie

      Panama is also one of the only people that has watched pretty much all black cinema that has came out in the last 10 yrs. lol.

      • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

        Yep- he even saw “She Hate Me”, LMAO!!

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        That alone is why I look forward to reading a PJack movie review. lmao

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      thanks. i try to be objective about Black cinema since so much of it sucks that if somethign good does show up, i do want to say something. especially since i go in on everything that sucks.

  • xLadyTx

    I planned to see it anyway because I absolutely love Kevin Hart & the previews were hilarious. Thanks for the review! This may just be the movie that tells Tyler Perry that he needs to have a few seats.

    • tgtaggie

      I thinking about going to see Kevin Hart while he is on tour. I’m still laughing about this skit tho…..http://youtu.be/aXNF60HX8iw

      • Todd

        Three things I gotta say about Kevin Hart. One, he’s the only big comedian whose warm-up acts are funny. I mean actually funny to the point where if I hear they were doing a show at a comedy club in the area, I’d shell out money to see them. Two, he’s funny in person. Three, he’s freaking TINY. I sat 5 rows from the stage, which was like 2 feet high. I’m 6’5″ and ON STAGE he was maybe a foot taller. Maybe. Thank goodness he got comedy. LOL

        • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

          I’ve been to one of his shows and watched him on TV and I agree, he’s a hilarious comedian. On the movie tip though, it’s been hit and miss.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          I die laughing every.single.time. he steps out of that truck in that tv commerical. I think my son is taller than him and he is 6.

  • Justmetheguy

    Man, the only thing about such a glowing review is that only disappointment can come from setting the bar of expectation soooo high. Plus I agree with Jay, you’re the more positive of the dynamic duo, so I’m still not all the way sold..but then again a shorty did ask me to go see it with her so at least I won’t go in worrying about wasting my ducats. Hopefully I’ll agree wit you

    • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

      …but then again a shorty did ask me to go see it with her so at least I won’t go in worrying about wasting my ducats.

      LOL. Even if it is bad I hope you get a “return” on your investment.

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

        oh mi gosh, you are talking in my lingua franca-Jay you would def get an ROI!!!!!!
        Our calculation:

        Love-Cost of rearing a locked baby/Cost of rearing a locked baby=African Mami trapping you for life, and enjoying erry minute of minute!!! :)

        -PLEASE STOP ABDUCTING my comments!

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        With that face, I hope he gets a R.O.I. and she gets a R.O.I. too!

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          * In Oprah voice *

          You get a R.O.I. and you get a R.O.I. and she gets a R.O.I. and he gets a R.O.I.

          • http://afrikanmami.blgospot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

            @ AWE,

            *DEAD @ Oprah ROI*-That woman is a nutso too. Shid, I’d be over nutsofied with that kind of money. I’d whisk Jay to the motherland and we’d live like royalty on a $1 a year!!!

            • A Woman’s Eyes

              I know you would! * lmao *

        • Justmetheguy

          @ Jay- Right! lol, but yeah it’s unlikely I don’t. She’s practically obsessed wit me already. I’m more worried about keepin her from gettin TOO attached

          LMFAO @ Afrijay Mami (as always) for that one! She said you’re GUARANTEED a ROI lolol, like a municipal bond and sh*t lol

          @ A Woman’s Eyes- I think that was a compliment…so thanks, if not thanks anyway cause I always dig your commentary ;)

          I swear it feels like I could hang wit some of yall in person

          • http://afrikanmami.blgospot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

            @ JMTG
            And you know the SADDEST thing in real life is that JAY is RUDE as all heavens. He does not even try to acknowledge my presence-such is life. Guess he is easily embarrassed. I am going to apply for some etiquette classes in France.

            @ Jay
            I swear I am not crazy, I’m just crazy in love with you-

            • nillalatte

              LOL… I think Jay is hiding or at the court house applying for a protective order. lmao He scurred. lol

              • nillalatte

                But, it’s a good thing you keep changing your name. It will be hard to track you down to serve it. lmao

                • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

                  @nillalatte,

                  why he scurred doe?! I’m a typical African woman. I cook, I clean, I sew and then some-no questions asked…..imma start a petition soon around hurr.

            • A Woman’s Eyes

              * lmao * Why did I picture you doing the choreography for Crazy In Love after I read your Jay complaint? lol

            • Jay

              Rude? Really? Lol. So u just gonna pretend like I didn’t find YOUR twitter username and follow u first? OK then.

              • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

                @ Jay

                1.) Nillalatte, AWE, BREEZY BABY, JMTG,Chanelle—————————–>call 911. My RUDE HUSBAND done resurrected and admitted to our secret love affair!!!!!!!!

                -on my way to lock my hair,since I’m now your certified dime (plus 90 cents to make a dollar!——->being an African I can’t be relegated just to dime status, I need to be upgraded coz I come from poverty ya digg!)

          • http://afrikanmami.blgospot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

            @ JMTG

            this shawwwwwry of yours do she know you talk ish about hurr-

            • Justmetheguy

              @Afrijay- I didn’t know it was considered talkin shid. I was just speaking honestly and making the point that I was gonna go just to see it and be entertained. I guess obssessed was a strong word tho. Let’s just say she’s reeeally feeling me, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I enjoy kickin it wit her too and consider her worthy of my time, so it’s not like she’s a borderline stalker or nuthin. Just lettin Jay kno that that wasn’t in question

              @AWE- Well thank u dear. I’ll take note of this whole Libra phenomenon that u speak of also. And yeah maybe the pill is the answer…

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            It was a compliment because I like complimenting a handsome & intelligent
            man. Libra woman thing.

            The Pill can help a woman to cut that oxytocin.

    • Rewind

      I’m not falling for it. I don’t care how well thought out this movie is. The 300 lb gorillia with Sour Skittles colored hair and 4 kids with a combination of ADHD, bi-polar, and stupidass-itis will be at that movie. Ergo, failure.

      Cause she aint coming to watch the Hunger Games (all puns intended)

      • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

        LOL, wow

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Skittles are delicious. Take some Skittles to Hunger Games or go to the white movie theater to watch Think Like a Man incognegro so nobody Black knows you’re going to go see that movie.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        i feel like you need a hug.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      lol…i think its so funny that i’m currently the positive of the two of us when for the longest i was the ninjas you loved to hate. that’s hilarious to me. and i doubt that this will create an expectation since NOBODY, well most ninjas here, automatically will hate no matter what i say b/c Steve Harvey’s name is attached to it. which is fair…but i am saying that objectively, i was pleasanlty surprised and enjoyed it.

      • Justmetheguy

        @ Petey lol, I’ll just try to go with a clear mind and no expectations. At least I’m more comfortable goin to see it now.

        And did they really used to treat you like you were the @sshole? I only been visiting this site for bout a year and a half maybe. Every since I started paying attention you’ve always had the funnier posts that didn’t necessarily take a position that seemed offensive. Yours usually make more of an attempt to be objective and step around people’s more “sensitive spots” on potentially volatile subjects. Meanwhile Champ on the other hand comes out firing shots like a paranoid gangsta and darin ninjas to get offended lol. I like the way yall’s styles compliment each other though. He lights flames and raises the tension and you soothe it with humor and objective commentary (often times getting sidetracked by randomness) on consistently relevant topics. You guys are the Outkast of bloggers. And that’s like the best compliment you could get comin from a hardcore Kast fan. So I’m guessin I’m tryna say we weren’t callin you soft or givin you the conscious rapper label (though a non-black person might think you looked like Common lol) we just noticed that your posts more often than not leave people feeling positive or with achin abs from laughin. Champ on the other hand is the king of controversy wit his victim blamin *ss…I kid I kid lol

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          yeah man…that’s why my nickanem on here is the arsonist…dubbed by Champ early on. i suppose thigns started to change along the way. and Champ has definitely been more of “that guy” now lol. being hte liked one is an odd feeling. or maybe not “liked” but the diplomatic one is interesting.

        • Mena

          Great overview. I agree with this entirely. I have been reading this site for a year now and Panama’s posts always come off more wellrounded, self-aware, and with way less arrogance (no shots fired). He even makes it a point to come back and read the comments and make comments himself. You both do compliment each other and I always did wonder why you had arsonist in your name when I have never seen you attack or go at someone who didn’t need correcting in the first place.

        • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

          I think as dudes, a**holes have it easier than the dudes who always try to be the rational defenders of manliness to women. That’s why I’m trying to be the Rational A**hole. When you’re the rational guy, women actually like you as long as for the most part they agree, but the moment you provide a rational argument for something they completely disagree with, you’re unprepared for the backlash, and the backlash is usually very intense. However, as an a**hole, you’re always prepared for the backlash you’re going to get and whatever the responses, they barely take you off guard.

          • nillalatte

            YOU? Rational? Have you looked up that definition lately? lamo…

            • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

              Just because I’m not pleasant, doesn’t mean I’m not rational. But if you can provide a rational argument for my irrationaility, I might be forced to accept defeat.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Like that quote: ” You guys are the Outkast of bloggers. ”

          I don’t think I was around when folks were hating PJack. I love a PJack post & I love to “hate” a Champ post. Champ is the pampered cynic. PJack brings the fun and brutal honesty.

        • nillalatte

          Agreed.

  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

    Eh, I’ll catch it on cable at the end of the year.

    • naturalista88

      *Lol*, get out of my head sir.

    • MJoy

      Malik, it’s playing in my bedroom at the end of the year as well… just sayin

    • Corey

      LMAO!!! $5 bin at walmart by June.

      • Breezy

        LMBO!!!

        Corey please not now…I am sitting in a cube and white Katie just spin around and said “Are you laughing at me”…nosey heifer.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/NewYork2VA NY2VA

          DEATHED!

  • Chanelle

    Alright I guess I will go see it…..I said I wouldn’t but since you gave such a good review I will.

    • GypsyCurl

      The fact that it is an ensemble cast and is still good is a great feat. Ensemble cast movies are hits and misses.

      This ensemble cast is made up of great actors. I dont know people clown Meagon Good, she has always been a great actress in my book. Romany is so funny, he is the main reason I want to see the movie. I’m good on Kevin Hart, he us not funny to me, he would be the reason that makes me skeptical about this movie.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        he’s funny in it though.

        • GypsyCurl

          Im going to see the movie and if you are wrong, you are going to hear about. Hmmmph!

  • ncvirgogal

    I don’t know why people like to clown Terrence J. *shrug* yeah he’s corny and goofy looking but he’s doin’ thangs! lol and he attended THE BEST HBCU in the mf’in country!

    • tgtaggie

      You d*mn right about that. Can I get a….AGGIE PRIDE!!!

      • ncvirgogal

        hayell yeah! Aggie Pride!

      • Breezy

        He is a lil full of himself doe. I worked with him at NASCAR…I will leave that right there.

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      Oh okay, because at first I was like how in the heck did Terrence J get into Spelman. :-)

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        * dead *

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        #spelhouse

        Happy (day after) Founder’s Day.

        • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

          :-)

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

    Terrence J in a movie is a TSUNAMI waiting to happen. Megan Good-URRRRRGH!
    @PJ-You gave such a glorious review that I am tempted to believe that you didn’t get paid, you got a movie role offer. I don’t blame, I too would take the glorious route so that my name is among those in the Pearly Gates of Heaven!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      LOL. naw…no movie role…besides wouldn’t nobody come to see me. i’d be like Otis.

      part of the reason i even wrote this review is b/c before hte movie started, i told the person i was with that if this movie wasn’t good, i was going to go ALL the way in on the whole experience. there was truly some f*cksh*t going on beforehand. so i was gonna take EVERYBODY involved all the way to task….publicly. lol.

      but the movie was good and i felt bad so i was like…let me be straight up about it and hoepfully folks will check it out.

      • http://afrikanmami.blgospot.com Mrs.AfriJay100%NobodyElsebutJay!

        @PJ (can I call you jammy jams?)

        You do know that your VSB gansta cred has been revoked?! Like completely, dunzo, like dead, buried only to meet in heaven type of thing. I’ve always looked at you with a gansta mentality, now—————————>you done AubreyGrahamed a whole damn post. Shid is real outt hurr!

      • Sandpaper

        Hey Arsonist…..you slippin’

        Burn it to the GROUND!!!

        Wanna borrow my lighter?

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I just don’t really like the idea of comedian turned relationship counselor. I think Steve Harvey is laughing at Black women for buying his stupid book and I think he’ll be laughing at us if we go see his film.

    I bet Steve Harvey, along with me, can’t believe that Black women would actually take relationship advice from a guy who has been married fifty-eleven times.

    And also you said you weren’t paid to write this review one too many times. :-)

    Anyway, maybe if the dollar dvd bootleg guy has this on a triple movie dvd along with CB4 and Girl 6 and I can talk him down to 50 cents, I might go ahead and check it out.

    • Latonya

      I agree, personal I believe that it is very sad that today you have to have a book to teach women how to have enough common sense not to date married men or if you are with your man for a long time without the mention of married you’re just the side chick until he is ready to for marriage.

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Didn’t I say that oxytocin is a mean green mother from outer space?!??

        There still are women high off that oxytocin who rationalize why it is not so bad that they’re with a married man or are mentally planning their wedding after living together for 12 years!

        Steve Harvey is tapping into a market of women that need help from somebody with even a teaspoonful of sense.

        • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

          Were women always like that, or did something change in the make-up of women to make them be a market for Steve Harvey books?

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Its not that women were always like that…. it is that there was a segment of women whose needs were not served by common sense relationship books and advice. there’s been women in love with married men & women living with men who don’t wanna marry them since Cicely Tyson walked off the plantation during slavery times.

            We are living in a time where women who make horrible relationship decisions may be relationship-stupid but wise in being educated, and having a career, thus income to go to therapy, read relationship books and ponder why the man she is living with for over 12 years won’t marry her, and to rationalize her dating a married men.

            I remember when I was a kid a woman dating a married man was known about but not talked about, children were told to stay away from her, and she certainly didn’t ask folks for advice.

            • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

              Well, when those “some” women admit to being dumb and in need of guidance maybe they’ll actually get legitimate help, rather than cliches from people like Steve Harvey. As a man, if you’re not getting what you want from women, you have humble yourself before the game, and say: “I know nothing”, then some one will come and show you the way to the light and if you respect the game, the game will be good to you.

              A lot of women are losing in this relationship game, but rather than be humble and admit defeat, they prefer to hear words of encouragement rather than look to make substantial changes, and when men point them out, based on what we do when we are in similar predicaments, women marginalize the advice – oh well…

              Kanye shrugged.

              • Sandpaper

                Exactly.

      • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

        Why do women have to have a book on common sense? What’s the deal with them?

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Say it with me.

          sommmmee women

          Some women do not have common sense. Just like some men do not have common sense. The end.

          • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

            Well the original commenter didn’t feel the urge to use “some” and sometimes using “some” is such a nuissance…but I get your point.

    • Todd

      Mmm…Girl 6…howbout we take turns on Teresa Randle and call it a day. Coin flip to see who goes first. :)

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        You took it back!

    • Rewind

      I’m mad that Steve Harvey got filthy rich off of information men have been giving black women for FREE for YEARS!

      I think that’s just how sad and desperate the state of relationships are these days. Every woman has been given the same advice that’s in the book, but never listened to the men who mentioned it, because someone always thinks they know more than someone else.

      Well now he gets to laugh from his mountain and people are still eating it up. Pitiful.

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Steve was smart enough to not give advice for free.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          *dingdingding*

          • Justmetheguy

            +2 Snoop already told yall once. Besides ppl take sh*t more serious when they gotta pay for it…must be worth somethin if it costs something. Gotta know how sheep think to be the shepherd

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      Steve might think that the 23 carat diamond ring on Marjorie’s finger and the smile on her face is enough for Black women to listen to his relationship advice. Old playas who have effed up past relationships give good advice, sometimes.

    • Kema

      ” bet Steve Harvey, along with me, can’t believe that Black women would actually take relationship advice from a guy who has been married fifty-eleven times.”

      Those who can’t do… teach *shrugs* I dont think his advice was over the top just a little cliche

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      then forget that Steve is part of it. he shows up in the movie sporadically, his book is more the focal point….but its done well.

      the folks who did teh screen play for Friends With Benefits adapted the book to screen and that movie rocked. so this was one done well enough where you wouldn’t be mad about it.

      trust me…im a blogger.

      • Justmetheguy

        ” trust me…im a blogger.”

        HA! Better copyright that one homez. Practice what you preach and sh*t lol

    • Nolan Voyd

      @ Val,
      “I bet Steve Harvey, along with me, can’t believe that Black women would actually take relationship advice from a guy who has been married fifty-eleven times”
      If 90′s gansta rap taught us anything, good marketing/packaging can trump street cred easily.

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        True, heck even MC Hammer thought he could go gangsta with a little marketing help.