What Men Want

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Admittedly uneven but easy to like, What Men Want proves a gender-swapped remake can work -- and the odds are substantially improved with Taraji P. Henson in the lead.

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Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man's world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar.

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Critic Reviews for What Men Want

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (85)

  • Felt like it might have had some sharpness and some bite, but ended up being defanged.

    September 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What begins as a standard gross-out affair (with a prosthetic #MeToo limb clumsily grafted to the body) ends in a treacly, glib, made-for-TV wasteland.

    March 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a film it is almost impossible to place on the ideological spectrum...Yet, from the first few scenes of this crackpot endeavour, it becomes blatantly obvious that it might not even matter. Because it is funny. And it is good.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Henson brings a charge of energy to every scene and there are some funny moments.

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What Men Want is pure shrug cinema: not bad so much as wispily superfluous, which may not come as a surprise if you can recall the similarly disposable 2000 original.

    March 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The plot is predictable to the last programmed giggle. But Henson is pretty terrific; if you can stand comical histrionics done with style while pitched to high C, amplified to triple-f and played by the full personality orchestra.

    March 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 17, 2019
    I knew there was a What a Women Want reboot in the works, and my interest was zero. I heard they were flipping the script a la genders, and it was still zee - row. Cast Taraji P. Henson in the lead and I was like: "Fuck... I'm gonna have to watch this now aren't I?" And so I did. But I probably shouldn't have.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2019
    More crude crap passing as comedy.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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