Imagine being able to hear the thoughts of people around you…
Based on the same concept of What Women Want, What Men Want tells the story of a career woman who can hear the thoughts of the men around her.
All that sports agent Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) wants is to make partner at her firm. But no matter how hard she works, one male colleague after another gets promoted over her. While at her friend’s bachelorette party, Ali talks to a psychic who makes her drink a certain tea. After drinking this tea, Ali is able to hear the thoughts of men. She decides to use her new power to her advantage in the business world, by signing up-and-coming basketball player Jamal Barry (Shane Paul McGhie). But out of sheer desperation, Ali deceives her love interest Will (Aldis Hodge) in the process.
What Men Want is laid-back entertainment.
Taraji P. Henson – from productions such as Empire and Acrimony – is the star of What Men Want. I’m a big fan, but for me this was not her best movie. Although I can empathise with the frustrations of being a woman in a male-dominated corporate world, I found the character Ali’s actions bizarre and over-the-top for the better part of the film. She remains fairly likeable, though. The moments I enjoyed most, were the times Ali spent with her father Skip (Richard Roundtree).
I thought black people stopped drinking tea after Get Out.
Having said that, the creators of Girls Trip and Ride Along delivered an entertaining movie with LOL-moments, especially between Ali and her assistant Brandon (Josh Brener). When finding out about the tea, Brandon retorts with “I thought black people stopped drinking tea after Get Out.”
I felt the film tackled important issues like inequality in the workplace, taking note of the “little people” and being truthful in relationships of any kind. The latter applies to both Ali and Will’s relationship as well as the relationship between Jamal and his father Joe (Tracy Morgan).
In my opinion, What Men Want won’t win an Oscar, but if you’re looking for lighthearted and entertainment, watch this film.
If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to watch the trailer.