Starts October 23, 2014
Directed by: Tim Story
Writing credits: Keith Merryman, David A. Newman
Cast: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Romany Malco, Terrence J, Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owen, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Lewis
Length: 106 minutes
Popular wisdom says, “Vegas is the greatest place in the world, unless you come as couples, even worse, a married couple, and, the worst idea of all: to get married” (according to screen writer David Newman). The guys disregard that advice and show up with their women. Jeremy and Kristen are married and thinking about a baby. Mya and Zeke are dating, but unsure about tying the knot. Dominic and Lauren might have to decide between career and togetherness. Bennett and Tish learn more about themselves. Cedric (Hart) is the craziest, wildest guy and also best man. He has left Gail, although she announces her presence regularly via mobile phone; he came alone to stay in a 4000-dollar hotel room, only to realize that it’s $40,000 complete with Declan, a private butler (Jim Piddock). All are in Las Vegas for the marriage of Michael and Candace. Once there, they jump into the local excitement – no bland Jersey Boys musical for them. They are “going to keep the fun train going choo choo.” Then there is Michael’s mother Loretta (Lewis), who pops up to protect her only son Michael, “a good Christian boy,” from marrying this “woman” who already has a six-year-old son.
This is a sequel to the successful film Act Like a Lady, think like a Man (based on the book by Steve Harvey). The complete original cast is in for the Las Vegas romp and Las Vegas is certainly also a main character in its own right, due to the fantastic photography. The group divides up – girls with girls and guys with guys – to go out for the night – only to meet in jail at the end of the adventure. Until then, there is plenty of action and bon mots about life, e.g., “You’ve got the rest of your life to follow this woman around the grocery store.” “No one ever wins when they need to in Vegas.” “Are you the best of the worst man?” “Black skin always brings out your muscles.” “I can only deal with one stoned child at a time.” I especially enjoyed the American southern accents (see it in English) and the multiracial cast and the sound track, including hits like “Hey Big Spender” and “It’s Raining Men.” ( )