Why You Should Watch Taraji P. Henson’s Latest Film: ‘What Men Want’

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Taraji P. Henson, star of Fox’s Empire as well as movies such as Hidden Figures and Proud Mary, stars as Ali Davis in What Men Want, which releases on Friday, February 8. The film features Henson in her first comedic starring role, something that the actress excitedly shared on Instagram was what “I MOVED TO LA TO DO……..make ppl laugh”.


Here are a couple of reasons you should be as excited as Henson about the film.

It Is a Remake That Improves On The Original

Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt star in What Women Want. Image Courtesy of IMDb.

What Men Want is an updated gender-swap version of the 2000 film What Women Want, which starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Gone is the electrocution in the bathtub and the male stealing ideas from his female counterpart. Already in a dominant position, Gibson’s Nick uses his newfound power to push himself that much further ahead of Hunt’s Darcy. Unlike the original film, Henson’s character, a sports agent, unexpectedly gains her access to men’s thoughts through tea. This gives her an unexpected edge in a profession that is already dominated by men. Unlike the original film, What Men Want gives the ability to hear thoughts to the actual underdog, which is a refreshing change and reflects how society has changed just in 19 years.

Henson, Henson, Henson

Taraji P. Henson in Empire. Image Courtesy of IMDb.

The biggest reason to be excited about this film is its star. Up until now, Henson has been mainly known for her dramatic roles. Fans have seen her amazing talent while playing Cookie Lyon in Empire, season after season. In her films, she puts her all into her characters and it shows. Her performance never ceases to shine, even when she is saddled with poor direction or a not so great script. Not only does What Men Want provide Henson with something different than her usual dramatic role, it gives her the chance to do something she is excited to do. Be funny! If Henson brings her same A-game to this film, there is no stopping her.

Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want (2019). Courtesy of IMDb.

What Men Want co-stars Tracy Morgan and you can watch the trailer below! Do not miss out on your chance to see the film when it arrives in theaters on Friday, February 8!

What other films would you like to see given the gender-swap treatment? Comment and let us know!

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