"Heavily Marred Comedy About the Battle of the Sexes"
WHAT MEN WANT is an R-rated remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson movie, WHAT WOMEN WANT, with an African-American cast in the lead roles, where a black female sports agent is granted a wish, in unexpected ways, to relate better to men so she can become a partner at the agency where she works. WHAT MEN WANT has some funny clean moments and a couple entertaining plot twists that add to the comedy, but it’s heavily marred by lots of R-rated foul language, strong sexual content, explicit sex toy nudity, politically correct content, and non-Christian and anti-Christian elements that dilute its Christian, redemptive content.
Taraji P. Davis stars as Ali Davis (her father, a boxing trainer, wanted a boy). Ali is a successful sports agent who’s passed up at her male-dominated, white agency for a well-deserved promotion as Partner. The boss, who’s a bit condescending, says she has trouble dealing with male clients and rightfully tells her she needs to land a big fish in Major League Baseball, the NFL or the NBA like the other Partners.
At her friend’s bachelorette party a couple days later, the maid of honor brings in a weird-looking fortune teller to tell their futures. The fortune teller, who sells illicit drugs on the side, gives Ali some strange tea to drink to help Ali with her male issues. Later, she and her friends attend a dance party at a bar, where Ali is accidentally knocked over and hits her head on the front bar where the bartenders stand.
Ali wakes up the next morning in the hospital and learns she can hear men’s thoughts. Her new ability is annoying at first, but a talk with the fortune teller at her office convinces Ali to use her new ability to sign a college basketball phenom with the NBA and lucrative sponsorship contracts. The only problem is the young man’s quirky father, who likes Ali but is skeptical because she doesn’t have a family.
To get around the father’s objections, Ali decides to pass off the handsome, widowed bartender with whom she just had a fling and his young son as her own husband and child. She gets away with the ruse, but what will happen if the bartender finds out about it?
WHAT MEN WANT has some funny clean moments and a couple entertaining plot twists that add to the comedy. Too much of the comedy is over the top, however, despite these positive elements and the movie’s morally uplifting, redemptive premise and ending.
Also, unlike the Mel Gibson movie, WHAT MEN WANT has a hard R rating for strong, excessive objectionable content. Thus, it has a very strong mixed pagan worldview with strong hedonistic/immoral behavior that’s not always rebuked and sometimes even lauded. Happily, the movie has a solid moral premise resolving the plot problems in the third act and some Christian, redemptive elements. For example, Ali apologizes and seeks forgiveness for the wrongs she does. Also, her friend does have a church wedding, but the wedding goes off the rails when Ali reveals her discovery that the groom was cheating on her friend and intends to cheat on her after they’re married. The movie’s positive elements and premise are also diluted by non-Christian and anti-Christian content. For example, one of her friends is a white woman who superficially touts her Christian faith. She’s a bit of a phony, though perhaps a sincere one. Of course, the Christian friend and other people are shown consulting the weird fortune teller even after the bachelorette party.
WHAT MEN WANT also contains some politically correct elements promoting homosexual sin and containing left-leaning feminist sentiments regarding women, men and a woman climbing a white corporate structure. This kind of identity politics is filled with falsehoods and mistaken social reforms that sometimes explicitly contradict what the Bible teaches.
Finally, WHAT MEN WANT is heavily marred by lots of R-rated foul language, including many “f” words and crude sexual references. It also has strong sexual content and explicit nudity involving sex toys and sex toy decorations featuring the male sex organ. The sex toy nudity even reappears during the end credits!
MOVIEGUIDE® thinks the effort to turn WHAT MEN WANT into a hard R version of Mel Gibson’s movie probably will fail. Adult moviegoers should read our CONTENT section to see exactly what they’re letting themselves see, before spending their money to see WHAT MEN WANT. The movie’s positive qualities aren’t strong enough for moviegoers who honestly want to see a really enjoyable, uplifting modern comedy.
WHAT MEN WANT is an R-rated remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson movie, WHAT WOMEN WANT, with an African-American cast in the lead roles. Ali, a successful sports agent, is passed up at her male-dominated, white agency for a well-deserved promotion as Partner. At her friend’s bachelorette party, Ali is fed a mysterious tea by a weird fortune teller hired to bring some entertainment to the party. At a dance party afterwards, she accidentally hits her head. The next morning at the hospital, she wakes up and finds she can hear men’s thoughts. She decides to use her new power to sign the next basketball superstar, but she goes too far.
WHAT MEN WANT has some funny clean moments and a few entertaining plot twists that add to the comedy. However, too much of the comedy is over the top. Even worse, the movie is heavily marred by lots of R-rated foul language, strong sexual content, explicit sex toy nudity, politically correct content, and non-Christian and anti-Christian elements. The non-Christian elements dilute the morally uplifting, redemptive premise and content in WHAT MEN WANT.