What Women Want (2000), the Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt is definitely a movie I remember enjoying. I only wish that I could say the same about the movie’s recent remake, What Men Want.
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Max Greenfield and Tracy Morgan, the plot of both movies is centred around an executive who wakes up at the hospital after an accident, and is suddenly able to hear the thoughts of the opposite sex. This is clearly a predicament that lends itself well to comedy. It’s just that there are very few laughs to be had in director Adam Shankman’s movie.
The biggest issue with Shankman’s film is the disappointing script. I found that the clichéd and seemingly lazy plot choices worked to make continuing to watch What Men Want into a tedious and humourless endeavour. Furthermore, there are a number of decisions made by Traraji P. Henson’s character that I just didn’t buy as something she would do or allow to happen… drunk and upset or not.
Where acting skills are concerned, I’m quite sure that What Men Want really isn’t close to the best we’ve seen from Henson. I wish very much that I could pinpoint a favourite dramatic / humorous moment. Unfortunately, all that really comes to mind as favourites are the black and white hounds tooth jacket and the movie’s sunny location.
If you’re very curious, sure, take a chance and give Shankman’s movie a go. Otherwise you’re highly likely better off watching What Women Want (2000). I said it.
Happy Film Loving