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Movie Review – What Men Want


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.
Release date: 8 February 2019 (Nigeria)
Director: Adam Shankman
Box office: 72.2 million USD
Budget: 20 million USD
Producers: Will Packer, James Lopez


If you’ve seen Mel Gibson’s ‘What Women Want”, then tbh, this movie will feel disappointing to watch.

So, “What Men Want” is basically a remake of year 2000’s movie ‘What Women Want”, only that in this case, like the title of the movies suggest, it has opposite sexes as lead characters, trying to find out what the other sex wants.

Makes sense right? Yup!

And as someone who honestly at this point looks forward to watching an all black cast comedic movie or something, this particular movie, which has Taraji as its lead female character to make you feel hyped, will possibly end up making you feel somehow because I mean, that’s how it made me feel.

It failed to live up to its expectations; whatever expectations I had, even though it looks like the kind of movie sports enthusiasts might enjoy🤷🏾‍♀️, and just left me feeling flat instead!

Tired of seeing the same cliché predictable ending in movies, like we are still in 2005.

First off, what was with all the corny forced humour, that barely made one laugh?, and what was wrong with the movie’s “voiceovers”? ( aka the men’s thoughts); voiceovers sounding like edited voiceover work of year 1989?

This movie! The trailer is even more interesting than the whole movie gangan. (Watch trailer below if you haven’t seen it).

It just disappointed me bad bad, as in baje baje😭, like wow, and not even Erykah Badu’s cameo appearances could help me feel better about the movie.

Makes me sad that this was the outcome of an epic movie remake, and I hope someone thinks to re-re-make the “What Women Want” movie, whether as “men” oh or as women oh, because I think the concept bangs!. Makes me want to go rewatch the “What Women Want” movie. Been a long time.

Anyway, so “What Men Want” is/was supposed to really literally be “2019 equality” female friendly, but it feels like the movie really just failed to explain what it intended to explain.

Like the storyline for “Nappily Ever After” the movie, should jejely have been swapped for the storyline of “What Men Want”, minus the natural hair innuendo, let’s know we came to watch a movie about women finding their self worth or something, through finding out “What Men Want”.

In summary ehn, “What Men Want” just had forced humour, almost zero substance to Taraji’s character (peep that very cringe sex scene🙄), zero chemistry between the actors, and just sigh, nothing out of the ordinary about it.

Not even sure I’m interested in knowing what men want again, (but if anyone knows please let me know sha), because what do men even want? Do they know? Like do they actually know? Because as per based on this movie, I’m not sure they know oh, neither can I even really tell what they think, as the movie dinnor exactly tell us or do justice to the plot…

Sooooo. I don’t know, let men find out by themselves then, since we all wanna be childish.😔

Rating – 2½/10


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