Movie Review: What Men Want

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Starring: Taraji P. Henson & Tracy Morgan

Directed by Adam Shankman, What Men Want sees Taraji P. Henson as Ali Davis, a sports agent who gets overlooked on a well-deserved promotion and wonders what it will take for her to flourish in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers, she’s brought by fate to a psychic, played by Erykah Badu, who makes her drink an unusual concoction that suddenly allows her to hear everything men are thinking. She uses this newfound super-power to turn the tables on her male counterparts and to advance in her work. But Ali’s obsession with getting the approval of men in her professional life causes her to forget to nurture the relationships that actually matter…


We can’t guarantee that you’ll be an expert on the male species after checking the film out, but there is a lesson or two to take home; namely, that in a world where everyone is constantly looking to get one up – it’s easy to forget the things that really matter in life like family, close friends and most importantly, our own happiness.

And though you’ll probably get the feeling you’ve seen something similar (don’t worry, you have – it’s not just you) Taraji’s brilliant acting nonetheless makes it worthwhile. The humour and seeing how Davis navigates life with her amusing ability makes for an entertaining movie until the very end.

Rating: 3/5

What Men Want releases in cinemas nationwide February 22, 2019.

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