(This review contains spoilers.)

Just in time for Black History Month, Paramount Players, BET, and Will Packer Productions come together to remake an old movie with a more inclusive cast.

“What Men Want” creates a world where anything is possible, including reading men’s minds. It includes many big names like Taraji P. Hensen (who plays Ali Davis) and Tracy Morgan; even Pete Davidson makes an appearance. What many viewers don’t realize is that it’s a remake of 2000’s “What Women Want,” in which Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) can read women’s minds.

“Women” had a mainly white cast with one notable black character. In “Men” (rated R, one hour and 57 minutes), the main characters mostly are all black. Davis, like Marshall, uses her ability to climb the ladder in the workplace. And by the end of both films, the main characters lose their psychic abilities while finding love and realizing what lousy people they have been.

The story line of “Men” is very predictable and includes a few plot holes. Ali is not considered for a job because, her boss tells her, “a man can do [the job] better.” That evening, she gains her psychic abilities through a combination of THC tea and a hard blow to the head. She uses her abilities to prove she is capable of doing the job she was passed up for.

“What Men Want” tries to be a satirical piece on stereotypes, including the gay best friend, the optimistic white girl, and the cynical salesman.

For example, whenever the optimistic white friend (Olivia, played by Wendi McLendon-Covey) is shown on camera, she is always dressed in bright flowy dresses that stand out against the otherwise dark background.

Although the movie is a good idea in theory, it was executed poorly and just came across as making fun of many different groups. The idea of remaking old, predominantly white movies with a more diverse cast seems like a stroke of genius, but it fell short here.

That being said, “Men” is still extremely entertaining to watch. It just has very few elements that make it memorable. It is enjoyable in the moment, but maybe not a movie you would want to watch over and over again.

This is the movie poster for “What Men Want.”
Photo by IDMb

This is the movie poster for “What Women Want.”
Photo by IDMb

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Hope Allison is a freshman at Texas Wesleyan University striving to obtain her degree in theater. After taking several broadcasting classes at Victoria East High School, Hope decided to join The Rambler Media Group as an IMG Director. One of her passions is expressing her visions of life through graphic designs, so the Rambler Media Group was great fit for her.

On most days that Hope is not working, she can be found hanging out with her boyfriend or watching James Charles’ YouTube videos. She keeps herself involved on campus through her sorority, Lambda Tau Zeta, and helping out as an assistant stage manager in the theatre department. She strives to be a theatre manager at Casa Mañana one day.

As a first-year graphic designer this semester, Hope hopes to take the Rambler Media Group in a positive direction. She brings a creative and loving attitude to The Rambler and all things she is involved in.

One of the things Hope uses to push through all the obstacles of her field is a quote from the film “We Bought A Zoo”: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I will promise you, something great will come of it.”

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