REVIEW OF WHAT MEN WANT

Synopsis and information obtained from ComingSoon.net
Edited by Christopher Edelen and Ariel Landrum

Grade: D+

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Back in December of 2000, Paramount Pictures released Mel Gibson’s movie What Women Want. Gibson’s character, Nick, has an accident that gives him the ability to hear the thoughts of women. Over the course of the movie, Nick uses this new advantage to get ahead in his career. Fast forward to February of 2019 and Taraji P. Henson gives us What Men Want, following pretty much the same storyline, with Henson’s character Ali being able to read the thoughts of men.

Henson plays a sports agent working at a male dominated company. After being skipped over for partner at her agency (to a man with less expeirence), Ali is told that she doesn’t belong because she cannot connect with men as well as other men do.  She is literally told to, “stay in her lane.” The main thrust of the movie is Ali realizing her self worth and gaining the confidence to compete with the men, even without her mind reading ability.

I am not the target demographic for this type of movie. Still, What Men Want caught my interest with a promising trailer, and I am a fan of Henson’s other work (Hidden Figures and Empire). Addtionally, when I used to work at Whole Foods, Henson would often come through my line, and she’s the nicest person you’ll ever meet. She has a special way of making you feel good. My impression of the movie is that she used this same energy to ad-lib jokes and create a fun atmosphere for her fellow actors.

That being said, some of the lines delivered throughout the movie were only worth a mild chuckle; nobody in the audience busted up with laugher. This lack of reaction was the product of a weak and predictable script. Many jokes and lines were recycled throughout the movie and when a joke is flat from the get go, it is best to just abandon it. In the end, the only funny parts of the movie were those featured in the trailer.

I did enjoy the numerous cameos in the movie. There were even some real NBA and WNBA players who made surprise appearances, everyone from Shaq to Mark Cuban. As a huge sports fan, these appearances were the highlights of the movie for me.

In total, the movie was well acted. Still, there is only so much actors can do with a subpar script. There isn’t much more to say about What Men Want other than; if you’re in the mood to see a comedy of this sort, pop in a DVD of What Women Want instead. It is a much better experience. Or, just wait until What Men Want hits Netflix.

Director: Adam Shankman
Rated: R
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge
Genre: Comedy

Synopsis:
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world... until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.

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