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Kyla’s Movie Review

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (PG-13) - Starring Adam Brody, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Jenkins, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, David Walton, Kevin Hart and La La Anthony. In the sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. They’re in Vegas for the wedding of Candace (Hall) and Michael (Jenkins), and the girls are off getting into trouble for the bachelorette party, while the guys are doing the same for the bachelor party. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. Along with issues with their relationships: Mya (Good) and Zeke (Malco) are doing really well, except that Zeke’s past keeps rearing its ugly head. Dominic (Ealy) and Lauren (Henson) are solid in their relationship, but they’re independently confronted with challenges. Cedric (Hart) is in the process of getting another divorce; Jeremy (Ferrara) and Kristen (Union) are married, which leads to a new set of issues for them; Tish (McLendon-Covey) and Bennett (Owen) have been married a long time, and this trip shakes up their marriage. There are some funny moments, but Hart’s performance becomes nauseating. RATING: B-

JERSEY BOYS (R) - Starring Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken, Katherine Narducci, Lou Volpe, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Patrick McGill, Jacqueline Mazarella, Michael Lomenda, Erich Bergen and Lacey Hannan. Directed by Clint Eastwood. This film is based on the adaptation of the Broadway hit. For those not familiar with the show, it’s the story of singer Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In many ways, it follows the formula for this kind of movie as we watch the star’s rise and fall and ultimate redemption. In the early 1950s, young Francesco Castelluccio–played by John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony for his stage performance–occasionally sings for his friend Tommy DeVito’s (Piazza) trio and comes to the attention of local mobster Gyp DeCarlo (Walken). People waiting for the familiar hits will have to bide their time as we watch the group slowly evolve, bringing in Nick Massi (Lomenda) and singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio (Bergen). Suddenly, they discover their sound and the hits start rolling out: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man.” With success comes problems, both among the band members and in their personal lives. Later, at the start of the end credits, Eastwood finally gives us a song-and-dance number. It’s a great moment, but it makes us realize how much more lively the entire film could have been. Those with an affinity for The Four Seasons will adore it, but the film lacks the inherent greatness that would allow it to entice a wider audience. RATING: B

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