Movie Review: ‘What Men Want’

Review by Monique Thompson

TARAJI is….E V E R Y T H I N G!

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.

Taraji P. Henson as Ali, tackles the male-dominated sports agent industry in Adam Shankman’s latest rom-com, What Men Want. If you saw Jennifer Lopez’s Second Act film and thought that was a ‘girl-power’ film, What Men Want exemplifies the girl power connotation and is incredibly funny, inspiring, sexy, and did I mention funny?!

Ali is a hard-hitting black, female sports agent in a male-dominated industry. Undeniably deserving and even more confident that she’s going to make parter at her firm, Ali is furious when she doesn’t get the promotion. Feeling defeated, Ali knows that her father (Richard Roundtree) and her closest best friends (Mari – Tamala Jones, Olivia – Wendy MacLendon Covey, and Ciarra – Phoebe Robinson) are the ones to vent to. Before heading out on the town for Mari’s bachelorette party, Ali sees a psychic by the name of Sister (Erykah Badu), who’s tea concoction offers answers to the question, what do men want? As if work isn’t complicated enough, Ali’s one-night stand encounter with the tall, dark, and handsome bartender, Will (Aldis Hodge) makes things even more complicated.

Taraji is an absolute gem! Her evolution as an actress since her 2009 debut in John Singleton’s Baby Boy, is truly amazing. Taraji carries the entire film, and rightfully as she should as the films lead. She crushes every comedic moment and knows how to turn up the raunchiness whenever needed. Taraji naturally morphs into the role of Ali and executes a believable and relatable role. She is just incredibly good!

What Men Want is outright funny and is a great representation of overcoming gender, and even racial discrimination. The film is 2 hours of fun and is definitely work a see.

ALSO STARRING: Tracy Morgan, Josh Brener, Max Greenfield, Shane Paul McGhie

In Theaters February 8th

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