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Think Like a Man

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org

Comedian Steve Harvey, the current host of the syndicated television show “Family Feud,” published a best selling book in 2009 “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment.” This film provides a fictional story that explores the many themes of Harvey’s book. For example: The Ninety Day Rule: Ford requires it of its employees. Should you require it of your man? How to spot a mama's boy and what if anything you can do about it.

The story goes like this. Four very handsome men and four very beautiful women meet and begin dating. (One couple has actually been living together for a while now.) The women, however, have been reading Steve Harvey’s book. A fifth male pal tells the guys that the women are applying Steve’s methods on their relationships (“What are your short terms goals?” “What are your long term goals?”) and that they should buy and read the books, too, so they can turn the tables on the girls.

“Think Like a Man” is not a great movie but it is very entertaining and shares what seems like very good advice for couples. The “Ninety Day Rule” is about not having sex for at least three months into the relationship. While there is a Christian flavor to the film it seems to accept the premise that sleeping together before marriage is inevitable, it’s just a matter of when and holding out to make sure that respect is in place first.

Women I talked to at the theater about the film really enjoyed the movie because of the mistakes the men make. True, this seems like a list of clichés, but the ensemble of actors is spot on and they seem to epitomize so many ways people begin relationships. They joke about gays but this is a very heterosexual film.

If the film can help couples stop and think before dating or marrying, it’s a good thing in this anything-goes culture.

For a complete list of characters see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1621045/


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