We saw What Men Want courtesy of a GoFoBo sneak preview at the Studio Movie Grill on Technology Blvd. Based on the Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt movie What Women Want, this takes the opposite position. Ali (Taraji P. Henson) is a tough as nails pro sports agent vying for a partnership in a male dominated industry. She is tough, demanding and selfish, everything the men in her world seem to be. After an accident, she develops the ability to read men’s thoughts. It is a humorous device that allows to discover that men are not completely as one dimensional as she imagined. Her new relationship with Will (Aldis Hodge) is sweet, especially as Ali grows in compassion with her new-found ability. She doesn’t always use her talent in the timely manner but learns a great deal about herself and tries to use her gift for good. She also learns to appreciate her friends (Phoebe Robinson, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Tamala Jones) that she had been taking for granted. As with Jerry Maguire, this movie is rife with sports celebrity cameos, the poker game with Shaquille O’Neill and is very funny.
Henson is great as the fierce Ali going ninety miles an hour. Josh Brener (The Front Runner) is perfect as her overloaded assistant Brandon. Max Greenfield, Brian Bosworth, Richard Roundtree and Tracy Morgan round out the cast. This is a good movie to see now, but if you wait to stream it, you won’t miss any of the experience.
Our Rating for What Men Want
Official Trailer for What Men Want:
A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts.
|Cast||Taraji P. Henson, Brian Bosworth, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, Josh Brener, Phoebe Robinson, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Tamala Jones|
|Screenwriter||Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck, based on What Women Want by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa|
|Editor||Emma E. Hickox|
|Production Companies||Will Packer Productions, BET Films, Paramount Players|
|Run Time||117 minutes|
|Genre||Comedy, Fantasy, Romance|
|Premier||January 10, 2019 (Argentina)|