Book stores can't keep it in stock, you can't even get it on Kindle, and women worship it like chocolate covered diamonds. Henson, Regina Hall, and Meagan Good make up the ladies who use Harvey's words to try and transform their guys, even though they fit into neat little categories as well, like the "90 Day Rule" girl and the single mom.When any of the characters talk about the opposite sex, none of them say anything remotely new.
That's not to say that Think Like a Man is a film specifically targeted at African-Americans, because it isn't.
One of the true joys is seeing people like Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, and Regina Hall in a comedy with some universal truths.
Described as the guide to helping women decode the supposedly complicated inner workings of the average guy's brain, the book is really a bunch of cliches given clever little nick names and written for those with the relationship acumen of the 40 Year Old Virgin.
The film doesn't fall far from the tree, and is best taken as a simple rom-com with a bevy of incredible African-American talent taking advantage of a rarely given opportunity to shine.
Henson, who stars in the CBS drama Person of Interest and is best known for her roles in Hustle & Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is flexing her rom-com muscles in this week’s Think Like a Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey's self-help best seller. I don't care if you're a man, if you're a player: If God sends you that one and your heart is in it, you'll work it out. This movie is very ensemble-y, though you play mostly opposite Michael Ealy, your love interest. I just like when I work with people that are professional and good.
We spoke with Henson about the role (she plays a driven executive who finds herself smitten with a dude below her pay grade), romance in general, and defending Chris Brown. I don't know if it's a matter of thinking like anybody, just going on your instincts [when you’re dating]. Because when you're playing those heavy romantic roles like that, it's hard — I understand how people fall in love on sets, you know what I mean?
You have to talk to people honestly, and you gotta be passionate about stuff.
I mean, I was happy for him because I know he really wants to act.
And I try to tell my celebrity friends, when someone says something to you on Twitter, don't respond to that jackass. What did you think when you heard he was cast, especially as a guy who is a player?
[aughs.] I didn't realize that Chris Brown had a cameo in the movie. It's unfortunate when you're in the limelight the world gets to know about your dirty laundry, but as humans, we all have it, so for me to stand back and judge him and say that what he did was — is what he did wrong? I guarantee you if you could give him those five minutes back, he would change it. But unfortunately, he's human just like the rest of us.
The conversation got interesting when Taraji was asked about her intimate scenes with Michael Ealy.