what men want
DIRECTOR: Adam Shankman (hairspray, rock of ages)
STARRING: taraji p. henson, josh brener, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Aldis Hodge
REVIEWER: emily carter
Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a 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.
Groundbreaking and thought-provoking or soft and shallow - What Men Want could have gone either way, and definitely tried to scramble together a little of both - but either way, it'll pay to know what you're in for before you head to the cinema.
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a sports agent - hard-working, goal-driven, confident and perpetually pegged in by her all-male company. One particularly peculiar night (and even more peculiar psychic reading) lands her with the power to read men's minds - just what she thinks she needs to finally achieve professional success. Henson is at full volume as Ali - I loved how she leaves no question marks. Her dialogue is punchy and dips a toe into the groundbreaking side of things. While a little low on laughs, the comedy is owned up by her assistant, Brandon (Josh Brener). Keep a close eye on him to really pick up the plot in the parts it may sag.
Many of the characters and the psychic part of the plot line is quirky to say the least. But it does pull itself together to be a light, fun kind of comedy made for a girls' night or date night.
Just know that while What Men Want may seem to set itself up to be some kind of triumph for women, it ends up being a nice wee romantic comedy - just like it 2000 counterpart What Women Want with Mel Gibson. So if you find yourself expecting BIG things, maybe step in expecting at least a little light-hearted fun.
What Men Want is a quirky cocktail of comedy, girl power and the mystery of the male mind - a sure-fire winner for girls' nights and date nights alike.