Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Wendi Mc Lendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart—all sat down for a no-holds-barred interview about their characters, their favorite scenes, what fans can expect from the sequel. Wendi Mc Lendon-Covey: I wasn’t in the first one, but let me tell you: as a viewer, for selfish reasons I wanted there to be a second one, because I wasn’t done watching these characters.RELATED: MEAGAN GOOD' S SANCTIFIED HOLLYWOOD [INTERVIEW] EBONY: What did you think when you found out there was going to be a sequel? You have to see these relationships through to the end.I was never truly picked to be the best man, but they didn’t have the heart to tell me so. Sometimes they get a little intimidated by my success.EBONY: What do you want the audience to take away from your characters?Meagan Good: Don’t try to make the person that you’re with the person that you want them to be. Love them for who they are and for the person you initially fell in love with. Michael Ealy: At the time we made the first one, I never had more fun or sex during making a movie. [laughter] EBONY: Talk about the arc that your character takes in the film.Meagan Good: Mya and Zeek are at the point now where they’ve been together for a while and they’re doing really well, except for Zeek’s past keeps rearing its ugly head. there’s just constant questions and places that we feel we’re not seeing eye-to-eye. Michael Ealy: I think, like, most of the couples in the sequel, it’s all about the maturation process of the relationship.
I think in this particular film, the connection is there. That’s where the real work begins, when you’re actually in the relationship.
While there’s no question that the movie has elements of an infomercial, in the moments when Steve Harvey isn’t imparting wisdom from various bar-mounted televisions and the characters aren’t discussing his book, the conversations between the characters feel surprisingly fresh, and the stakes of their relationships feel like the real way people sabotage themselves, rather than invented obstacles.
The movie follows a series of friends who happen to represent helpfully-delineated archetypes, and the women they begin to fall for.
Cedric (Kevin Hart) is divorcing, a prospect he insists makes him happy, but is actually the source of incredible misery.
Zeke (Romany Malco), a former musicians and a consumate player (he irritates his friends by making omelettes shirtless, which in his case would be a killer morning-after move for a lucky lady) meets Mya (Meagan Good), who is fresh out of a series of hookups with an utter creep played by Chris Brown, and intends to stay celibate until she knows that Zeke is serious about her.