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Official Discussion: What Men Want [SPOILERS]


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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.


Adam Shankman


buckle up, this one is long

screenplay by Tina Gordon Chism, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory

story by Jas Waters, Tina Gordon Chism

based on earlier screenplay "What Women Want" Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

*based on earlier story "What Women Want" Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake


  • Taraji P. Henson as Alison "Ali" Davis

  • Tracy Morgan as Joe "Dolla" Barry

  • Aldis Hodge as Will

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Olivia

  • Josh Brener as Brandon

  • Tamala Jones as Mari

  • Phoebe Robinson as Ciarra

  • Max Greenfield as Kevin

  • Jason Jones as Ethan

  • Kellan Lutz as Captain Fucktastic

  • Brian Bosworth as Nick

  • Chris Witaske as Eddie

  • Erykah Badu as Sister

  • Richard Roundtree as Skip Davis

  • Auston Jon Moore as Ben

  • Shane Paul McGhie as Jamal Barry

  • Mel Gibson as Sir Not Appearing in this Film

  • Shaquille O’Neal as himself

  • Grant Hill as himself

  • Karl-Anthony Towns as himself

  • Pete Davidson as himself

  • Mark Cuban as himself

Rotten Tomatoes: 59%

Metacritic: 56/100

After Credits Scene? No

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level 1

The post credit scene with everyone going to the psychic was hilarious.

level 1

This movie is a love letter to gay, black men who live in atlanta.

thank u, (next)

level 1
3 points · 2 days ago

I had a good time.

Some fun stuff. Could have been better and funnier, but it wasn't bad.

level 1
4 points · 3 days ago

The only way a woman can truly achieve happiness is to give up on her career goals and get herself a man.

Once, just once, I’d like to see the main character get the dream job and NOT immediately quit.

Also shitty people do not change overnight. I feel bad for that kid. Dad should know better- she spent the whole movie acting like a psycho.

level 2

But she realized her dream job is not to be a partner but to be the boss. She exceeded her dream job. Also shitty people don't change overnight but they do in movies, within the context of every movie ever this is not a deal breaker for me. I do agree it's very convenient that she found a romance and then found happiness, but I guess it's really a give-in trope with the genre.

level 1
0 points · 4 days ago

Enjoyed this quite a bit, not laugh a minute funny but entertaining and Taraji gives it her all, and the emotional moments worked for me too. The psychic speaking gibberish was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while 🤣

level 1
5 points · 5 days ago
  • Maybe the most amount of gay Characters in a movie since Love Simon? Just from all the manly man presenting but inside he's talking about Grindr.

  • Studios really like Pete Davidson being one of those cool bro gays.

  • I actually expected her to bang more guys.

  • Phoebe Robinson asking the nurse for drugs might be my favorite part.

  • It's weird that she never read the son's mind.

  • If I was writing this, there definitely would have been a subplot where she can't read someone's mind that is presenting as a man, and realizes that they are transgender. Maybe a close friend, or a sibling.

  • The card game was maybe the most boring part.

level 2

If I was writing this, there definitely would have been a subplot where she can't read someone's mind that is presenting as a man, and realizes that they are transgender. Maybe a close friend, or a sibling.

Wouldn't trans people actually find that super offensive? "Sorry, but my superpower proves you're not actually a man..."

level 3
2 points · 2 days ago

She would be able to read FtM men's thoughts.

And not be able to read MtF Woman's thoughts.

So it might offend transphobic people.

level 4

Oh, I thought you were saying that the main character would be unable to read an FtM person's thoughts.

Yeah, it would be fine if there were some clue that it was an MtF person presenting as male, rather than FtM.

level 2

Now that I think about it, there is that wholesome scene with the boyfriend/son/Ali/Ali’s father where Ali’s dad asks “we know what men and women want, but what do boys want?” And maybe that was a nod to the idea she can’t read boys’ minds

level 3
2 points · 3 days ago

Then I wanna see her at a bar mitzvah and and she can't read the boys mind before the ceremony then after he thinks something really gross about her boobs.

level 1
2 points · 5 days ago

It was actually pretty funny to me

level 1

Aldis Hodge is on a roll.

level 1

Watched the trailer because I really liked the original. But I must be getting old. The comedy in movies recently feel so forced. I need more films like Tom Hanks in "You've got mail".

level 1
6 points · 7 days ago

This movie wasn't amazing but I can't lie and say I didn't have a good time and that the majority of the jokes were funny. Really surprised it's so low on RT. It's really not that bad. It was a funny movie. I'd def give it a 6 or 7 out of 10.

level 1
0 points · 7 days ago

Yeah that was alright for a boring Saturday out 3/5 Stars

level 1

Mel Gibson movies shouldn't be remade ever

level 1

I thought that was so bad, wow. So I’m shocked to see positive comments here. I enjoyed Night School, Happytime Murders, Uncle Drew, and a bunch of other movies Reddit shits on, but this one really didn’t do it for me

level 1
8 points · 7 days ago

It's fine. Allows TPH to be her eccentric, charismatic self (unlike Proud Mary) and she's actually a layered character.. Some good jokes along with some meh ones. Thought Aldis Hodge was great (really good at dry humor), and Brener was pretty hilarious. Morgan was at times too as well as Wendi McLendon-Covey.

They mostly went with base level jokes for men, and it's kind of slow to start and end; two hours is long for this type of movie imo but many comedies seem to run long late. Not really heartfelt but whatever. Slightly recommended though. Thought the movie would be average with some good laughs after seeing the trailer, and it was. Much like how What Women Want was a staple of TBS and TNT for years, so will this be on other stations and BET.

level 1
42 points · 8 days ago · edited 7 days ago

When the psychic played that Uno Skip card, I about died.

level 2
8 points · 7 days ago

The jibberish was pretty funny too

level 1

What Men Really Want:

Taraji P. Henson asking if you'll pretend to be her husband and you and your son get free skybox NBA tickets and you get to hang out with the future #1 overall pick, and you can avoid any unnecessary conflict in the future.

For a romantic comedy, I didn't get a lot of romance or comedy out of it...but it was still enjoyable? Ali should have been super unlikeable, but Taraji is great and I was actually rooting for her, unlike Mel in the original. I didn't like it enough to recommend, but didn't dislike it enough to say stay away. 5/10 I guess?

level 1

i thought this was pretty good. i liked how they actually put effort into writing a script, and not depending on ad-libbing. i liked this better than the original. although for this movie i wished the script was a little more clever when it came to reading the men's thoughts. or maybe men are just that simple

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