If you’re looking for a good dose of hilarity then you can’t go wrong with Taraji P. Henson in her brand new comedy What Men Want, which really dials up the comedy.
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) 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 else 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 (Aldis Hodge) to the test.
Any time Taraji P. Henson takes on a new project I’m always up for it, and this time in What Men Want she seriously brings the comedy. Starring as ace sports agent Ali Davis, Henson initially comes off as a loud and obnoxious alpha female who is more interested in the result, rather than the method by which she gets it and because of this is completely blind to how the whole world actually perceives her. But when she gets the ability to understand what men are really thinking she’s suddenly in for a bit of wake-up call and the results are both hilarious and heartfelt at the same time.
As a performer Henson has time and time again proven just how capable she is at handling an assortment of diverse and different roles, and here she really gets to pull on her vast experience with the character of Ali. Whether she’s all tough and serious, open and nurturing or just completely bat shit crazy, Henson always gives 100% and this really adds to the enjoyment and comedy that is present throughout What Men Want. Added to this is her interactions with her assistant Brandon (Josh Brener) and the two rib each other back and forth and it really gets you giggling in your seat.
But things take a serious turn when she meets hunky bartender and single father Will (Aldis Hodge), and with her new found abilities she soon learns that she needs to actually take things a bit slower and actually invest in those around her and their wants and desires. While there’s always a running gag that men and women never want the same thing, Will’s perspective is that both genders actually ideally want the same thing and through his presence he’s able to help lower Ali’s guard.
But while there’s a great mix of feelings and heart if the film does have a standout moment then it has to be the sudden appearance of Erykah Badu as the mystical psychic known only as Sister….and she absolutely steals the show. Kooky, crazy, completely wild and up for any type of experimentation, it’s a non-stop laughfest when Badu is on screen. From her paint-by-numbers tarot readings to her mystical concoctions, all of it had me in stitches and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what she would do next.
If you’re seeking a little bit of light-hearted comedy then make sure you head along to What Men Want as quickly as possible for plenty of fun.
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