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How to Ruin Wedding Plans with a Napoleon Complex – A Movie Review

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Image credit: impawards.com

Some things should really be left alone. I’m referring to movies that enjoyed so much success the first time that a decision is made to repeat the formula – but it doesn’t always work as well the second time around.

But maybe that’s what happens when the movie doesn’t really have a reason to “be”. At least not under that title.

Unlike movies based on superheroes, book sequences and the ones that set you up for the sequel before the movie even ends, I must admit that I didn’t see this one coming. I never expected to be sitting in the movie theatre being schooled by Steve Harvey once again.

To tell the truth, the buzz about the movie “Think Like A Man Too” had been going on for so long that I thought I had missed it. Clearly, I was mixing it up with something else.

But did Kevin Hart’s character (Cedric) have to be so annoying? With his usual Napoleon syndrome antics on display, he succeeds in derailing the couple’s best-laid wedding plans. Meanwhile I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling of deja vu.

(If he’s not careful, Hart might find himself being typecast as the petulant man-child with the overwhelming need to overcompensate for his lack of height).

Hart’s comedic talents are what carried the movie to its inevitable conclusion – but only after his scheme that landed the entire entourage in jail unfolded, (he was really reaching in the earlier scenes) – because up to that point the movie was just a series of disjointed scenes following one after the other.

It wasn’t any different from your average movie about a couple of guys and girls going to Vegas for a wedding weekend, and it was about as interesting as the tea party that Ms. Loretta forced the bridesmaids to sit through.

Happily, none of the funny had anything to do with bathroom humour and Hart was in his element in the jailhouse scenes. But who sleeps until broad morning when it becomes clear that the reason you made the trip to Vegas looks like it’s not even going to happen? Because you’re in jail.

Incidentally, if I was Sonia, played by La La Anthony, I would quit liming with these girls because everybody is paired up, except her. And she ends up in jail.

Eventually, the wedding takes place and the relationships of all the couples seem to get on firmer footing. Another couple gets engaged at the end of it all, leading me to wonder where that wedding will take place. But it’s okay if they don’t issue me an invitation – because Kevin Hart or no – I’ll be sending my regrets for that one.

Last Night Was…. A Movie Review

Predictable, improbable and annoying.

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Image credit: twitchfilm.com

I’ve become accustomed to ticking all that apply in the movies that I watch. Particularly the formulaic ones. And the Kevin Hart remake of “About Last Night”, delivers the expected happy ending without too much effort.

The characters played by Joy Bryant and Paula Patton just got on my nerves. Thankfully, the latter’s time on the screen was brief, but I’ve got to say that I appreciated that they didn’t do the usual, and have the homecoming of the live-in girlfriend of Michael Ealy’s character coincide with the ex-wife’s visit to his apartment in her “drunken” state. Because, of course, she would have gotten the wrong idea.

But that would have led to the inevitable break-up and we weren’t yet at the halfway point of the movie. So we see him confessing even though nothing happened, while she continues to make him feel more uncomfortable about the pace of the relationship.

Joy Bryant’s character, Debbie, meanwhile, is busy making the former bachelor pad more suitable to her tastes -annoying even to this female- including adding a dining table suitable not only for Thanksgiving dinner with friends, but also, I imagine, for the occasional tryst when the bedroom is just too far away. But she later realizes what’s up when she asks whether their relationship is one really long one-night stand.

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Image credit: parentpreviews.com

I actually began to feel a little claustrophobic myself and was beginning to wonder how long it was going to take for the forseeable future to show up. Kevin Hart’s character overcompensates as he always does – so he’s the loudest one in the room. But both he and Regina Hall’s character (who he initially sees as just a friend with benefits for him), provide much needed comic relief.

Fast forward a few months and we see both couples deciding to move on from each other, but not at the same time. So when the longed-for Thanksgiving dinner with company comes around, Hart’s character brings his new partner causing his old one to show her true colours, and her love.

Predictably, Ealy’s character realizes that he really is ready for a committed relationship – after the girlfriend moves out – since he had been using his failed relationship with his ex-wife as his defense. Hart’s character meanwhile used his mouth as his protection.

I was actually rooting for the more unconventional couple because, with their role playing and experimentation, their relationship would certainly be the more interesting one. After Hart and Hall’s characters realize that they can’t live without each other, they decide to help their friends get together again – but one has to wonder whether it’s worth it if they can’t find their way to each other on their own.

So while the movie had a happy ending, I’m not sure that there would have been a happily ever after.