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“Think Like a Man…”: Are you shocked at the success of this movie?

IF you are shocked at the success of “Think Like a Man“, I have one word for you.  “Boomerang“.

1992 was the year and Boomerang was THE movie.  I love that movie.  I wish they would get the band back together and make a sequel!  Someone please tell Reginald Hudlin that there is money in the air.  And tell Eddie Murphy too…his last few movies have been terrible to so-so.

Wikipedia: Released in the United States on July 1, 1992, Boomerang received mixed reviews from film critics. Nevertheless, the film was a commercial success, ranking as the 18th highest grossing film in North America that year. Boomerang earned over $131 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

There hasn’t been a black relationship movie with that kind of star power behind it in a minute.  Hallie Berry, Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Martin Lawrence, Eartha Kitt…wow.  If you can think of another movie with a majority black cast that can compare, please comment below.

In terms of talent, I’m comparing the 2 casts and overall star power moment in time to moment in time.  The cast of “Boomerang” went on to do a lot of great acting and many were young and full of potential at the time.  I don’t think this is a total apples to apples comparison talent and acting wise.  That being said, I can see many parallels.

The other star power involved is that of Steve Harvey.  Harvey is said to have an audience of about 6 million listeners in more than 60 markets.  With that following and Oprah’s blessing of the book this movie is based on…I’m not surprised that the movie reached #1 and made 33 million.

Sidenote: Yes, yes, I know who Tyler Perry is, but I don’t put his movies in the same category.  Not taking anything away from his success, I think of him as a phenomenal businessman who is very focused on black audiences.  I don’t think he’s trying to put out mainstream movies for mainstream success.   He’s doing what has worked for him for years, just on a huge scale due to his success.

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Talk about trial marriages…

People magazine reported on its website that “Dreamgirls” star Murphy, 46, and producer Edmonds, 40, had called off plans for a legal wedding in the United States later this year.

“After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further,” Murphy and Edmonds said in the statement.

“While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends.”

Edmonds and Murphy exchanged vows in a ceremony on a private island near Bora Bora on New Year’s Day in front of around 25 family and friends.

Murphy and Edmonds started their romance last year as Murphy argued over paternity of a baby girl with his former flame, singer Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls. Murphy later acknowledged the girl is his daughter.

He was married for 13 years to model and actress Nicole Mitchell Murphy. They had five children before divorcing in 2006.

Murphy, a beloved former star of the US comedy series “Saturday Night Live,” has been scoring on the big screen since 1982 with hits such as “48 Hours,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” and “Dr. Dolittle.”

“According to People Magazine’s website, Eddie yelled at Tracey in front of wedding guests …a few times. Maybe she did the math (5 kids + 1 kid he initially denied) and tapped into her feminine intuition and realized he was crazy. The ex’s, Nicole and Mel B (who have been seen out together appearing to be friends) should have clued her in. Eddie should be relieved. Better end it now than pay MORE alimony along with child support for SIX kids…”

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