Keith Staskiewicz
April 11, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Think Like a Man Too

Current Status
In Season
106 minutes
Wide Release Date
Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart
Steve Harvey, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman
Sony Pictures Entertainment

We gave it a C-

The key to a great sequel is knowing how to raise the stakes. That’s why the follow-up to Think Like a Man — 2012’s sleeper-hit ensemble comedy based on Steve Harvey’s advice book — takes place in a locale synonymous with high stakes: Las Vegas. Think Like a Man Too transplants the first film’s six women and six men to the City of Sin, where they are tasked with pulling off dueling bachelor(ette) parties. “We’ve taken every relationship to the next level,” says director Tim Story (Ride Along). “If a couple got married in the first one, now we see how marriage is treating them. If they started dating, they’re now moving on to the next phase of dating.”

But while some couples are using the trip to get closer, Kevin Hart’s Cedric is seeking some distance. “He’s going stag,” says Hart, whose character’s reconciliation with his estranged wife in the first film seems to have been short-lived. “His relationship remains in a rough spot, and he basically goes to Vegas to get away from [his ex]. But he’s still loud, exuberant, and with his personality all over the place.” Hart admits he is a big fan of Vegas, although for his director it was another matter. “There’s some of my cast, I won’t name names, but they know how to party in Vegas,” Story says. “I had to learn to avoid them because I needed to wake up the next morning.”

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