What Men Want

I remember watching What Women Want on a flight back in 2001 and I have seen it a couple of times since then and always thought that it was fun. What Men Want is a movie that I am surprised took the better part of two decades to make! With What Women Want being a decent hit, you would have thought that this was a no-brainer.

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What Men Want was released on February 8, 2019. You can download or stream the film from a digital platform. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice.

The Movie Review

I came into this pretty positive. As I said, I enjoyed What Women Want and the idea that this is a remake, but with a gender swap I thought was kind of cool. Plus, I am a fan of Tracy Morgan and Taraji P Henderson and with Henderson taking the lead role, I thought that this had the potential to be a lot of fun.

Predictability and Forgettable Moments

While I certainly would not say that What Men Want is a bad movie at all, it is also a very predictable and kind of forgettable movie if I am being brutally honest. Taraji P Henderson plays the role of Ali, Ali is a sports agent trying to make her mark in a business that is traditionally ruled by men.

Character Dynamics

The people that Ali works with at the sports agency for the most part are unbearable! Apart from Brandon who is a very likable character, Ali works with a bunch of alpha dude bros that are not likable in the slightest. Even though Ali is good at her job, you can tell that as she is a woman, she is kind of overlooked.

Plot Twists

Her career and standing in the company could all change if she can land NBA prospect, Jamal Barry! Ali has a hard time getting on with Jamal’s dad, Dollah who is played by Tracy Morgan. Dollah is not keen on Ali as she lacks a family dynamic, but she hooks up with a dude called Will who happens to have a son and she kind of uses them to try and trick Dollah into thinking that she has a family.

The “Twist”

The “twist” of What Men Want is that at a party, Ali is given a special drink by a weird and mystical character called Sister and this after she is knocked out, causes her to be able to hear the thoughts of men, just like Mel Gibson in What Women Want, but he was able to hear the thoughts of women. It is a fun premise and it plays out pretty much the exact way that you would expect it to.

Comedy and Memorable Characters

What Men Want is a comedy, but much of the “comedy” comes off as really awkward, which is odd as it has some funny people in it. I have to say the character that steals the show is Sister who is played by music superstar Erykah Badu. She was legit funny and by far the most memorable aspect of this movie.

Final Verdict

I do have to say that this is not a bad movie at all, it is just a very forgettable one. If you are looking for something light and fun to watch during a date night as you snuggle on the couch with a bunch of snacks, you can do way worse than this. However, I do not see a time where I would ever pick watching this over What Women Want.

What Men Want
What Men Want is a gender-swapped remake where a sports agent, Ali, gains the ability to hear men's thoughts, leading to comedic chaos. Download it now.
6.5 Total Score
What Men Want Review Summary

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  • The NBA player cameos like Shaq and Grant Hill were a lot of fun
  • I thought that Erykah Badu was a blast
  • The premise of the movie is fun and quite a clever idea for a remake
  • Taraji P Henderson gives a good performance
  • This is such a predictable movie, you can see where it is going after the first 10 minutes
  • It may be fun while it lasts, but it is pretty much instantly forgettable
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

Favorite Games: Resident Evil 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Bioshock Infinite, Super Mario World, The Last of Us, Halo 2, Streets of Rage 2, Overwatch.

Favorite Movies: Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Avengers Infinity War, Bloodsport, The Transformers The Movie. Dogma, BASEketball, From Dusk Till Dawn

Favorite TV Shows: X-Files, Supernatural, Lost, American Horror Story, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things.