Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else do you need to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks to weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar.
Initial release: February 8, 2019 (USA)
Director: Adam Shankman
Screenplay: Tina Gordon Chism
Producer: Will Packer
Production companies: Paramount Players, Will Packer Productions
What Men Want is an upcoming American fantasy comedy directed by Adam Shankman. A new version of the 2000 film What Women Want, the plot follows a woman who, after skipping for a promotion in her work, gains the ability to listen to the inner thoughts of men. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge and Tracy Morgan. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 8, 2019,
What Men Want takes the 2000 comedy What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and gives the film a much-needed update with a whole new perspective. Taraji P. Henson plays sports agent Ali Davis, trapped in a world dominated by men, but suddenly finds himself with an advantage with an unconventional psychic (or maybe a blow to the head) suddenly gives him the ability to listen the inner thoughts of all man around him
As you can guess, this new skill comes with a lot of awkwardness and funny moments when the men in Ali’s life find that their most intimate thoughts are channeled directly into their brain. However, there is not as much sex coming from these thoughts as one might suppose, especially in a red band trailer that does not need to be contained. But there’s a lot of slapstick comedy and exaggerated shouting, if that’s what sets off your comedy engine.
Honestly, as much as I like the idea of this comedy being updated with a female perspective, this feels a bit weird for my taste. But there is less presence of a solid cast that includes Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.