May 4, 2012

"Think Like a Man"

A lot of big laughs in this buppie rom-com based on Steve Harvey's advice book for black women looking to get a man to put a ring on it. It's a box office hit, and deservedly so. Kevin Hart, the 5'-2" stand-up who sounds like a cross between Red Foxx and Chris Tucker, is the stand-out, even though he's often hard to understand, but everybody in the big cast is pretty good. 

The black director and the two white screenwriters seem to be following a growing tendency in screenwriting, as illustrated by very different movies such as Inception and Moneyball: redundancy. Instead of slowing down to emphasize key points so that the audience doesn't get lost, come up with lots of entertaining ways to say the same things over and over with small variations really fast. If viewers get 80% of what's said, that's enough to keep them on track. 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I stopped watching movies...

Anonymous said...

I stopped watching movies...

Hear, hear.

[Although apparently Joss Whedon did a pretty good job with The Avengers, and it's got Scarlett Johansson in a skin-tight full-body cat-suit...]

DCThrowback said...

If you want to believe in movies again, please, please: go see Cabin In The Woods.

I wish Steve would've reviewed it. (hint, hint)

Simon in London said...

But what kind of things does "Thinking Like A Man" to snare a Buppie man actually involve?

[enter username here] said...

I am awaiting Sailer's comment on the new Ridley Scott project (Alien prequel). The Michael Fassbender character looks like some gross West Village fantasy or possibly a member of Kraftwerk

Anonymous said...

Steve, you were wrong to declare Yglesias the most influential blogger of his generation. It's obviously Roissy. And this film has a poster that should be discussed in Roissyian terms, because of the poster artist's clumsy attempt to mold minds. It's culture war, in yo face.

I think your wife is posting in your name or you need to boost your testosterone level. Can't believe you have the old dead link for Roissy's site on your blogroll after all this time. The address was changed to heartiste.blogspot a long time ago. At least he understands that it's a war!

Anonymous said...

Isn't Roissy in his mid-40's and therefore more than 10 years older than Yglesias? Would demographers consider them to be of the same generation?

Anonymous said...

Startling paucity of comments on this thread. Oh well, it's a tough economy! All the movie ticket cash went to the f-ing Avengers.

Anonymous said...

The few comments on this thread reflect the pattern that you see at the movie theater: non-blacks don't go to movies intended for a black audience.

Steve Sailer is one of the rare people who is genuinely interested in things happening outside of his own demographic. Ironically, multiculturalism is almost invariably championed by people without any such interest whatsoever.

I hope that he'll write a full review of this movie, complete with audience observations. It might need a catchy title to lure in the readers.