What do men want? What do they really want? Well its Friday night and they probably just got paid, so watching a movie may not be on their list of activities. However, ladies that is okay! Because what men want does not have to go along with what women want. Which is exactly what Ali Davis come to realize.
Taraji P Henson, most notable known for her role as Cookie Lyon on the hit series ‘Empire.’ Plays Ali Davis, the only female sports agent with one of Atlanta’s top agencies where the majority of her co-workers are of coarse men.
When we first meet Ali she is closing deals and rolling up in a brand new sports car, which draws attention from coworkers. Getting ready to pop champagne in celebration of a promotion she is confident in getting. Of course, this wouldn’t be a gender-flip comedy without something to set off our heroine; and what could be more course setting. Than an embarrassing, yet hilarious pass-up for promotion. On the grounds that she doesn’t understand men.
If this film could be described in one sentence, it would be; “If you can’t join them. Bet them.” That is exactly what Ali declares to do, after attending a bachelorette party. Where she meets ‘Sister’ (Erykah Badu) and ends up developing “superpowers” that allow her to read mens’ thoughts. Which she uses to stop the men at her work, from keeping her down. In a very Cookie Lyon sort of way, Ali declares war in the middle of work on her male coworkers. Shouting that she will personally sign, one of the basketballs most eligible athletes. Thus believing that she will then make partner, for there is no way she would be passed up again after achieving this.
The film isn’t all about winning at work. There is also some love action where Ali uses her new-found abilities to her favor. Aldis Hodge (Straight Outa Compton, Hidden Figures) plays Will. A single father and bartender at a local bar, whom Ali flirts with and has a one-night stand with. However, after a horrible signing meeting with a Jamal Berry and his father/manager, Joe “Dolla” Berry. Ali reads Joes thoughts on how he doesn’t trust a woman with no family, and she decides to trick Joe into thinking that Will and his son Ben are her family. All the while reading Wills thoughts and learning about him and his likes.
Henson is surrounded by an exceptional cast, all whom carry their own weight and lift what could have easily been a bad plot. If not for the careful and well-thought-out delivery of the script. While the ending may seem predictable as the movie comes to an end, we aren’t in exactly in Alis mind. After all its called ‘What Men Want,’ and only Ali is the mind reader here.