Friday 18 October 2019

What Men Want review: 'It’s not very funny, and only Taraji P Henson makes it bearable'

2 stars

Taraji P Henson in What Men Want
Taraji P Henson in What Men Want
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Loosely based on the thoroughly forgettable Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want, this frothy confection stars Taraji P. Henson as Ali Davis, a fiercely ambitious sports agent who’s sick and tired of being overlooked by her cheerfully misogynistic boss.

When she’s on a night out with her female friends, Ali is given a mysterious potion by a fortune teller, then slips on the dance floor and bumps her head.

When she wakes up, she can hear everything that men are thinking, which naturally gives her a new advantage at work.

The messages in this clumsy comedy are not new: men and women might as well be from different planets, and careerism comes at a price.

It’s not very funny, and only Ms. Henson makes it bearable.

(16, 117mins)

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Girl review: 'Girl is beautifully made: it’s also an education'


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