What Men Want
An ambitious woman gains mind-reading powers.
This gender-flipped remake of the 2000 comedy What Women Want “delivers exactly what you expect,” said Dana Schwartz in Entertainment Weekly. Taraji P. Henson stars as a sports agent who, shortly after being told she has trouble connecting with men, is knocked on the head and gains the ability to read guys’ thoughts. But while Henson makes even the stalest gags bearable, the movie offers no fresh twists. “Neither its plot nor its jokes elevate What Men Want above made-for-TV fare.” At least we get a few “truly terrific” performances, said Hazel Cills in Jezebel.com. Henson is “incredibly funny” playing a hard-charging careerist who’s fed up with men’s incompetency, Tracy Morgan is hilarious as the loopy father of a star athlete, and Erykah Badu slays as an untrustworthy psychic. Still, the central scenario is “a little depressing,” because Henson’s Ali always thought the men around her were goons—and they are. Ali is also a selfish jerk, and the writers do nothing with that idea beyond scoring laughs during some “gonzo” sex scenes, said Inkoo Kang in Slate.com. Even so, “it’s easy to forgive What Men Want its many faults, given its guiding spirit of fun.”
Focus Features, The Orchard, Paramount Pictures