"What Men Want" Is An R-Rated Blast

The movie gives Star Taraji P. Henson a chance to showcase her comedic skills

Terri Lee-Sylvester
February 08, 2019 - 7:45 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Just like the eye-popping red dress Taraji P. Henson wears in the "What Men Want" poster and in a scene in the movie, Henson's career is red hot.  Just recently, Henson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in addition to starring in "What Men Want," her latest big screen project, she is also an executive producer of the film.  Two major accomplishments to add to her already impressive -- and growing -- resume. 

"What Men Want" is a hilarious look at the business and personal life of female sports agent Ali Davis.  While Davis is good at her job, very good in fact, she works with a group of men who do everything in their power to box her out of the big deals.  Ali, who has always relied on her bold, brash, in-your-face style to get ahead, uses that against them, but eventually learns that while that technique may work in some cases, it holds her back in others.  

When Ali is passed over to make partner at the high-powered sports management agency where she works, she goes all out to try and land a young basketball star, which she knows is the key to the partnership she so desperately wants.  But, not only does she have to woo him, she also has to win over his egotistical and self-absorbed dad, Joe Dolla, played by comedian Tracy Morgan.   On a side note, with Morgan's character, I couldn't help but think of LaVar Ball, the heavy-handed father of NBA baller Lonzo Ball, a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

But, back to the movie: at the same time Ali is mapping out her strategy, she gains the ability to hear men's thoughts.  So now, the question is, what to do with this new power?  After all, this newfound ability isn't relegated just to the boardroom; she hears men's thoughts everywhere she goes.  And, things start to get really tricky when Ali's new powers get in the way of her relationship with her new love interest and it also comes into play in her interactions with her three best girlfriends.  

"What Men Want" really gives Henson a chance to showcase her comedic skills.  While she's made a career utilizing her dramatic acting abilities, comedy isn't something she's known for.  But, after this movie, I’m willing to bet that a whole new universe for Henson is about to unfold.

In addition to Henson and Morgan, "What Men Want" co-stars Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske and Erykah Badu.

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