What Men Want is a 2019 American fantasy comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A loose remake of the 2000 film What Women Want, the plot follows a woman who, after drinking a potent concoction given by a shaman, gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Tracy Morgan. What Men Want takes the 2000 comedy What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and gives the movie a much-needed update with a totally new perspective. Taraji P. Henson plays sports agent Ali Davis, stuck in a male dominated world, but she suddenly finds herself with an edge with an unconventional psychic (or maybe a knock to the head) suddenly gives her the ability to hear the inner thoughts of every man around her.
Ali Davis is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test.
The film was released in the United States on February 8, 2019, by Paramount Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Henson’s performance but said the film was too safe and offered little new to the genre beyond the gender-switching aspect.
Paramount announced that it would be developing a remake of the 2000 Nancy Meyers film What Women Want. On November 14, 2017, it was announced that Taraji P. Henson would star in the lead role. On February 2, 2018, Adam Shankman signed on to direct the film. Max Greenfield and Tracy Morgan were also added to the cast.