The gender-flip premise doesn’t always work in this remake of Nancy Meyers’ romcom, but the film is elevated by its star
In 2000, Nancy Meyers directed Mel Gibson in the romantic comedy What Women Want, about a sexist ad exec who after a bizarre electrocution accident becomes able to telepathically hear women’s thoughts. This puts Mel in a position to answer Freud’s notorious question and find out what they want. Which turns out to be, in a very real sense … Mel. Because he can totally be the sensitive guy he can hear them silently demanding.
Now screenwriters Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory have flipped the premise with What Men Want, directed by Adam Shankman. Taraji P Henson plays Ali Davis, a super-driven sports agent who fails to make partner at her prestigious firm and suspects that the men are quietly carving up the cake without her. Then she gets the magic powers.