By Rayiah Ross
Directed by Adam Shankman, the comedy “What Men Want” is a revamped version of the 2000’s film “What Women Want.” Instead of a chauvinistic advertising executive (Mel Gibson) acquiring the ability to hear what women are thinking, an Atlanta sports agent, Ali (Taraji P. Henson) gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. When Ali is embarrassingly overlooked, omitted for her partner in her sports agency, she is told she has no clue how to connect with men, and is then infuriatingly told to “stay in her lane” by her sexist boss (Brian Bosworth)
After her best friend’s bachelorette party, which includes a reading from a psychic named Sister (Erykah Badu), and a head-bumping incident at the club, she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts. Throughout the movie she struggles to understand what it means to show all sides of herself, trust other people, and differentiate between listening to her heart and listening to her brain.
The film has great guest appearances by Kellan Lutz, Pete Davidson, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan, and many more. If that star studded list isn’t enough, it’s also important to note that the movie covers so much more than sexism in the workplace. Ali is not only a woman, but a black woman, making an interesting twist on the original film.
Surrounding the comedy, “What Men Want,” is a story that we’ve all heard before or are all too familiar with. I’m happy to say it is on screen now, and I encourage you all to go out and watch it.