To the ladies out there who ask their men, “Whatcha thinkin’?” Maybe, just sometimes, it’s best you don’t know.
Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson gets the ability to hear men’s thoughts in the upcoming comedy What Men Want, a gender-swapped concept remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want. Henson plays a woman who is sick of being boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession. Well, after being given some crazy tea by a psychic, she gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.
As with the Gibson-starring, Nancy Myers-directed film, it’s a simple and silly concept, although it can provide a crowd-pleasing canvas for some fun comedy and even a little bit of a message. The trailer below is harmless enough, in this writer’s opinion, but it’s all looking a little tired and doesn’t really offer anything to drive up excitement. Still, you never know; hopefully there’s a little more here than meets the eye.
The film is directed by Adam Shankman, whose many credits include The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, and 2012’s Rock of Ages.
Also starring Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Josh Brener, among others, What Men Want will be opening in Aussie cinemas on 10 January 2019 and US cinemas on 11 January 2019.
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.