'Think Like a Man Too' review: Kevin Hart does what he can with typical plot

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2 Stars2/5

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

As romantic comedies go, and one so often wishes they would, Think Like a Man Too is fairly typical. It's undernourished but entertaining.

This sequel has an impressive ensemble cast and a handful of laughs, so more's the pity about the genre.

Think Like a Man Too reunites the cast of the original movie. They're all meeting in Las Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins), and they're bringing their issues along with them — struggles with parenthood, commitment and employment, among others.

Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy have to figure out what to do with job opportunities on opposite coasts.

Gabrielle Union and Jerry Ferrara are trying to get pregnant.

Romany Malco and Meagan Good have commitment issues.

Wendi McLendon-Covey turns up as the girl most likely to get a makeover.

The fun and games are narrated by Kevin Hart, the best man at the wedding. He's gung-ho about his best man job and its responsibilities and he's determined to create a memorable time for the groom in the lead-up to the wedding.

And so the day before the main event, the men go their way and the women go theirs, for duelling bachelor and bachelorette parties.

While Hart struggles to get his domesticated buddies to cut loose and misbehave, the women likewise have an obstacle to wild times — Miss Loretta, the groom's mother (Jenifer Lewis).

Staid and disapproving, Loretta has planned a tea party and other dull events, hoping to keep the bride and her posse away from the strip clubs and casinos.

No chance.

Eventually, everyone ends up at the same male strip club and all hell breaks loose. Can the wedding even still happen? Oh, gosh!

Think Like a Man Too takes advantage of Vegas and all its excesses for visual humour and jokey background, but relationships are the serious centre of the story. It's left to Kevin Hart to create enough manic comedy to keep a viewer's attention while the serious tales roll out; he does what he can with material that has dancing and lip-synching among its highlights.

As conflicts are finally resolved near the end of the film, Hart narrates some pearls of wisdom that sound as if they might come from the book that started all this, Steve Harvey's Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.

Just in case you'd forgotten.

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