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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

That uno card in the psychic tarot cards. And her ‘ugh’ everytime she thrust one down. I died so hard. I couldn’t stop laughing.

level 1

Age of the geek baby

level 1

She realizes she can use her gift to help her land the #1 pick, but she doesn’t use the information she picks up in the meeting to do anything other than agree that the video presentation is blatantly racist. It’s not until she begins to make her apology tour that she vaguely references Barry’s desire to play in his hometown. She never needed the gift to sign him in the end, which I guess is sort of the point.

level 1

I liked the film and laughed a lot but damnn...that wedding scene. I dont get her logic..waiting until at someones wedding to tell them their man is cheating is one thing but to do it in front of that big audience. And then randomly out her other friends husband being down low gay and hooking up with someone at the event. I know its just a movie and maybe because its a movie it needed a big scene (plus she was building up to it) but COME ON i dont think i know any friends who would forgive that. Not about calling out someones cheating but doing it in a venue like that.

Also given what an advantage she had to read mens minds she really was ok letting it look obvious a lot. Like if I had that gift I would at least try to hide it, she was responding to guys thoughts she knew they didnt say out loud like calling out her coworkers thoughts in the office. Just take it in and respond to it so it doesnt seem like you literally just heard the exact words they thought.

Otherwise it really was funny. Good for Pete Davidson too

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

I had a good time.

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

level 1
10 points · 2 months 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 3
2 points · 1 month ago

Yeah I still liked it lol probably because I like the actress... I am not a romcom fan usually.

level 1

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
  • 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

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

I went on the assumption she can only read the minds of "men" (What Men Want), not kids

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

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

At what point does that change? A boy turns 18 and at the exact minute that he was born, 18 years later, she suddenly reads his mind?

level 3

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 · 2 months 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

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

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


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