Red Band ‘What Men Want’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson Takes a Deep Dive into What Guys Think

Paramount Pictures

Check out the new red band trailer to arrive for upcoming comedy remake What Men Want, a gender twist on the Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt comedy What Women Want.

Henson plays a sports agent who’s sick of being boxed out by her male co-workers and decides to hire a psychic to help her connect with the opposite sex. Everything changes after she receives a knock on the head and she starts to hear men’s thoughts.

This is a much better trailer than that first one, giving us a better look at the more adult-oriented humour on offer and allowing more of Henson’s performance to shine through. The 2000 Gibson film featured more crowd-friendly, PG-13 comedy and was a box office hit as a result, but upping the age group of the demographic here could be a very smart move. It looks quite amusing. “Welcome to Wakanda!”

Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember) and written by Veep scribes Peter Huyck & Alex Gregory, as well as Tina Gordon Chism (Drumline, ATL).

What Men Want, also starring Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Tracy Morgan, will be hitting US cinemas on February 8 and arriving in Australia on February 14, 2019.

Paramount Pictures’ official synopsis for What Men Want:

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. WHAT MEN WANT is the latest comedy from director Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY) and producers Will Packer and James Lopez (GIRLS TRIP), co-starring Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures


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