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Have We Found the Answer to "What Men Want?"

Updated on February 17, 2019


Congratulations to the number two movie in the box office this week! I have to say, this movie stood on it's own! Yes, it's a movie spin-off, but even if you've never seen the movie by which "What Men Want" was inspired (What Women Want), you're still not missing a beat! So, let's talk about some of the story, some familiar faces in the film and my over all perspective of the idea shared between what both men and women want! But, if you've never seen the original film, then I'm going to need you to press play now.

What Women Want (2000)

Where It All Began...

NANCY MEYERS!!! I am subconsciously drawn to this women's art! Before I started diving into what it takes to make our best entertainment, I too would watch movies and simply pick my favorites. Then I realized that some of my favorites were coming all from the same person! NANCY MEYERS!

It's the same way with Hans Zimmer. I'm drawn to his music. When I watch a movie, and the music sticks out, I've learned to automatically assume it's his work. It's borderline weird, guys.

Anyway, in 2000, "What Women Want" was released in theaters and to this date has grossed over $370 million dollars worldwide! With veterans like Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, it was hard for this movie to have been a miss! With that being said, maybe that will help explain why the making of "What Men Want" was a pretty big deal.

I know you've seen the movie already but take another peak at the movie trailer.

What Men Want (2019)

Let's Talk About It...

Now, ya'll know that I'm not here to tell you every detail of the movie. I still want you to watch for yourselves plus I want you to come back and comment below telling me your opinion on the film! But anyway, let's talk "What Men Want."

SHOUTOUT to the lead actor of this film, Academy Award nominee, Taraji P. Henson for bringing the character, Ali Davis, to life! Ali is a woman, raised by a single father who taught her how to fight, literally. After being looked over for partner (again), she takes the opportunity to really turn up at her girlfriends engagement party and entertains a psychic for the first time (played by none other than the incomparable Erykah Badu). Well, we all know what happens...she somehow wakes up with the ability to read the minds of men!


Screen Actors Guild award winner Aldis (not to be confused with Eldris) Hodge teams back up with his "Hidden Figures" co-star, playing the role of Will, a single father and aspiring business owner. Will meets Ali and instantly finds her attractive. He gets to know that there is much more behind the business attire Ali wears, and Ali realizes Will doesn't think like other men.


HEY GIRL HEY! Seeing Tamala Jones back on the major screen was like seeing a family member you haven't seen in a long time, hoping they come around more often! (For Your Love was my SHOW, ya'll hear me?!) She plays the role of Mari, one of Ali's best friends. And having a friend who can hear your man's thoughts proved for her to be bittersweet.


This familiar face made me smile every time he hit the screen! The way I miss "The New Girl" isn't healthy, ya'll (or the way I miss Ugly Betty, The Game and Game of Thrones). Max Greenfield plays Kevin, Ali's hard-to-put-your-finger-on co-worker. To Ali, he's the poster boy for the "all-boys club" at the office, but what his thoughts don't perfectly translate, his loyalty does.


What Both Sexes Want...

With this film being able to stand on it's own, it's still behooves me to compare it to the gender-flipped original. How is it that two separate movies, written and made by two separate teams can be so similar? Maybe the answer lies in the commonality of the sexes, and not the battle.

This film was a healthy reminder that women are a force to be reckoned with, a force that can build and sustain a person, a home and a business. It was also a reminder that a woman's success and strength is found in reaching her own goals, in-spite of the "all boys clubs" of the world.

This film also reminded women that men matter too. It was almost 20 years ago when "What Women Want" came out, and women have come so far in the work place since then (and by no means am I saying we don't have a ways to go). Through Ali's eyes, we are reminded that men are conquerors and competitive by nature. She shows us men have pain and can suffer great loses, while reminding us that they too deal with low self-confidence and destructive habits!

Overall, both sexes appear to want the same things: LOVE, RESPECT, APPRECIATION and SECURITY. If you haven't already taken the time to see this romantic comedy, then this may be a good movie for you and the bae. If you're looking for Strong content, Simple kisses and Sweet Laughs this movie is for you! Enjoy! And make sure you come back and let me know what YOU thought of the film!


© 2019 Melody Lanei


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