Women all over the world would love to know what men really want, and Taraji P. Henson finds out the answer and then some when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts in the upcoming movie What Men Want.
Directed by Adam Shankman, Paramount Pictures has released a new red-band trailer for this gender-flipped remake of the 2000 romcom What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Henson plays sports agent Ali Davis, who is tired of being looked over in her male-dominated profession. After being passed over a promotion, she visits a psychic and drinks some tea that gives her the power to hear all the dirty thoughts brewing inside a man’s mind. The trailer teases viewers of the raunchy R-rated comedy that awaits.
When Screen Rant visited the Atlanta set of What Men Want earlier this year, Henson shared how Ali relates to men before she gets her powers.
Well, because she was raised by a single father and she was around boxing all of her life, around testosterone all of her life, I think she feels most comfortable with men. Look at her life, it led her right to a career where she’s around men. I think she’s most comfortable with men just because of the way she was raised.
And what are some of the things she overhears when she gets her powers…
Just the fact that men are just as insecure as we are. I think the women sit back and they wait for the sexual stuff. We know he’s going to talk about our t— or a–, but y’know, they are very smart in the things they put on men’s minds. This one guy I heard today talking about he should adopt a dog! I think you will be surprised just like I am at the things that go through men’s brains. Like, there’s this one guy, he’s an assistant to another sports agent, and his thought is, ‘Give me a raise, you prick!’ I mean, how many times are women saying that?
One thing I want to point out for the film, what I really do love and I appreciate about this film, what touches me is the visual that we’re putting out there for single fathers. I think when you think about men, you don’t think about them raising kids on their own, y’know? That’s usually the torch women have to carry, so I really love it. Particularly black men, I really love that my father raised me and I did well. Look at me, I’m a power sports agent. And also my love interest – that’s played by Aldis Hodge – is also a single father who is doing right by his son. So I just think that that’s a great image to portray right now for men.
What Men Want is set to arrive in theaters on February 8, 2019.