What do you know? It took rom-com Think Like a Man to knock Hunger Games off its four week throne. Based on Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the film far surpassed its $17 million projections and raked in $33 million opening weekend, topping The Lucky One and Hunger Games respectively. The never-ending quest for love is real.
Although rom-coms are popular in the sense that many of them become household names, they aren’t always respected. Yet we can’t resist the good and the awfully bad love movies that make us laugh and say, “Awwww. How cute.” But who would have thought a dating movie with a predominantly black cast would be the one to give Hunger Games a run for its money? Here are five reasons Think Like a Man knocked it out of the park.
1. Oprah co-signed the book.
If Mother Oprah puts her name to anything (except her OWN Network, of course), it’s a hit. Being on Oprah’s show opened Harvey up to a whole new demographic. With that one nod from the Queen herself, the success of the book and its adaptation was inevitable.
2. Women love dating advice, even when it comes from questionable sources.
According to the L.A. Times, “Moviegoers who saw Think Like a Man — a largely female crowd, 62 percent of whom were 30 or older — loved the film, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.” Of course women flocked to theaters in droves: There’s a certain fascination with listening to advice doled out by men on to find love, which is why self-help relationship books are one of the top selling genres. Tell a woman sexist advice on how to get and keep a man, even if you’ve been married three times yourself, cha-ching!
We see what you did there, Zac Efron. You’re trying to lure us into see your new romantic movie The Lucky One with your supernatural bra-unhooking abilities! We couldn’t help but be swayed when we saw video of you destroying Jimmy Kimmel in a brassiere-removal competition last night. This is just like when you dropped that condom on the red carpet to convince us to see The Lorax. That’s…that’s why everyone else saw The Lorax too, right?
As if that wasn’t enough to charm us into shelling out $12.50, you also talked with People about your sex scenes with costar Taylor Shilling in the film, which is based a Nicholas Sparks novel. “There is sort of a fear inherent in everyone else so me and Taylor weren’t afraid at all,” you explained. Added Taylor, “I think the harder part is doing some of the emotional scenes and then once those are done, it’s like, you want me to kiss you? Meh. No big deal.” Well, if the sex scenes are anything like the ones in the film adaptation of Sparks’ The Notebook, that’s reason enough for us sprint immediately to the nearest movie theater. Oh no…now we’re talking ourselves into seeing your movie! Damn you, Zac Efron! Damn you and your nimble fingers and impressive acting ability!
We are still fanning ourselves after watching this hilarious interview in which a pair of Australian reporters ask Zac Efron to demonstrate how he can unhook a bra with one hand. (This somehow has something to do with The Lucky One, we think.) For some reason, this is the moment in which we realize our little Troy Bolton is all growed up. And very talented. Come to think of it, Zac could probably do a nice video podcast series teaching all the men of the world some of his other useful skills, such as:
How to drop a condom on the red carpet of a children’s movie and still come off as adorable, not at all creepy.
How to “getcha” head in the game: as in, play basketball, dance, lipsynch and toss your Bieber bangs (before they WERE Bieber bangs) out of your eyes all at once.
How to play catch with a ghost.
How to date Vanessa Hudgens.
How to date Lily Collins.
How to befriend Taylor Swift without dating her and thus becoming the subject of a really sad revenge song.