A time-honoured tradition for outgoing high school students is the senior prank. Usually the senior prank is a banal bit of mischief that is memorable yet largely innocuous. That wasn’t the case at Central High School, class of 1996. Robbie Weirdicht (a CG Dwayne Johnson) a portly, but affable fan of En Vogue was the victim in Central High’s senior prank. A cruel victim of bullying Weirdicht, was never seen or heard from, since that fateful day. The only one to console Robbie in moment of shame was Calvin “The Golden Jet” Joyner (Kevin Hart). Voted most like to win at everything, Joyner was destined for greatness. 20 years later and now an accountant, The Golden Jet has been grounded by the dream killing mediocrity of adulthood. With his 20 year High School reunion looming and unable to live up to the lore that is “The Golden Jet”, Calvin contemplates skipping the reunion; that is, until he receives a random Facebook message from the unknown “Bob Stone”, who claims to be of Calvin’s graduating class.
“Success is a mountain!” yells James King (Will Ferrell) to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), as James pulls away in his newly detailed luxury car. James is having the best day of his life as he has become a Partner at his hedge-fund management company. He goes home to his palatial estate in suburban Los Angeles to his beautiful fiancée (Alison Brie); who’s flanked by a platoon of maids and housekeepers. Meanwhile, in the ghetto, Darnell is the proud husband and father to a school-age girl. Close to realizing his dreams of a new house in a better school district; Darnell works hard to provide a higher quality of life for his family, but is $30,000 short of his goal.
Suddenly, James is arrested by the FBI, charged with securities fraud and embezzlement; which carries a lenghty maximum sentence, but usually in a minimal security facility, also known as “Club Fed”. With white-collar crimes being a source of angst in the national consciousness, the Judge sets a precedent and sentences James to the maximum allowable sentence of 10 years in a maximum security federal penitentiary at San Quinten.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is less than two weeks from the happiest day of his life. Doug, your typical overweight, bespeckled man-child, has found the girl of his dreams, Gretchen (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting); but has yet find his best man. Being socially inept, Doug doesn’t have any candidates for best man, or any groomsmen. With time until Doug’s personal D-Day looming, he hires Jimmy (Kevin Hart) who is the CEO of Best Man Inc. For the right price, Jimmy will become the best man (or wingman) you need, regardless of the ceremony or its religious affiliation. Kevin Hart makes a pretty convincing Jew.
Even for Jimmy, fabricating an entire grooms party has never been done before. The idea itself is laughable, but not impossible. A lot has to go right in the next two weeks for Doug and Jimmy, for they’re risking everything to do the unthinkable.
The third time seems to be the charm for Chris Rock as director. With middling success as writer and director in ‘Head of State’ and ‘I Think I Love My Wife’; Rock comes back strong with ‘Top Five’. Recent film such as ‘Birdman’ and ‘Beyond The Lights’, give a glimpse about what the price of fame entails. For André Allen (Rock), who has successfully transitioned from stand-up comedian to comedic actor, gained his fame from the Hammy The Bear trilogy. Hammy, voiced by Allen, is a brown bear that is the partner of a human cop. Allen, who now is trying to distance himself from the $600 million franchise, looks to forge a new path in his career by starring in ‘Up-rise!’, a film about Dutty Boukman and the Haitian Revolution.
2012’s Think Like A Man featured four friends in four different types of relationships. The women of the group acquire the Holy Grail of relationship books. It’s a book that promises to spill most of the trade secrets of men and offer an exclusive peek into the male psyche. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey, is the Women’s playbook in this unending game of Battle of the Sexes. Oh, and there’s Kevin Hart. Instead of exploring why a ‘Mama’s Boy’ is just that, Think Like A Man logically played the stereotypes of men and women until its predictable end.
The talented ensemble cast (and Kevin Hart) is back and heading to Las Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Regina Hall), The Single Mom and Michael (Terrence Jenkins), The Mama’s Boy. The stories have been updated, as Steve Harvey’s book assisted in saving their relationships. That progression The wedding will be in Las Vegas; but more important than that are the bachelor parties. The Bridesmaids and groomsmen are out for dueling parties, in a town that specializes in the business of regret and bad decisions. “Happily separated” Cedric (Kevin Hart) has assumed the role of party planner for the men, while the women get an unwelcome surprise that could derail their entire evening.