What Men Want is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman.

Official trailers

Paramount Pictures on Friday, November 23, 2018 released the trailer:
What Men Want (2019) - Red Band Trailer - Paramount Pictures.

Story intro

Ali Davis is a successful sports agent who is constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. She expected to be made partner at the agency she works at. However, she does not receive the title since someone did not vote for her. After her boss tells her that part of the reason why she didn't make partner is basically because she doesn't connect well with men, she begins to question what more she needs to do to succeed in a man's world. Afterwards, Ali announces to the whole company that she will be the one to sign the next basketball superstar, Jamal Barry. After work, Ali goes to meet with her father at a gym and bar, where she encounters a bartender named Will, who she becomes interested in. They leave the bar together and go to his home, where they have sex. She is too aggressive, not knowing that Will is not satisfied with her performance in the bedroom. The next morning she awakens to his son in the bedroom. At her friend Mari's bachelorette party, Ali and her friends are introduced to a psychic named Sister (Erykah Badu). While interviewing Ali, Sister gives Ali a "fey lougawou" (Kalanchoe pinnata) tea, which Ali finds smelling awful after drinking it. Ali and her friends then go out to a club to continue Mari's bachelorette celebration. Ali is hooked and partying crazy, due to the tea she drank from Sister. While dancing, another one of Ali's friends, Cierra, bumps her, causing her to fall forward and hit her head on the bar counter, becoming unconscious. She wakes up in the hospital and starts hearing her doctor's thoughts about another patient and him doing cocaine, much to his surprise. While riding to work with her assistant, Brandon, she hears his comments about her, which causes her to confront him about his thoughts. They both freak out, which makes Ali gets out of the car and walk the rest of the way to work. While walking, Ali encounters multiple men, hearing their thoughts. She realizes her gift to hear men's thoughts.


Taraji P. Henson
Alison "Ali" Davis
Aldis Hodge
Richard Roundtree
Skip Davis
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Tracy Morgan
Joe "Dolla" Barry
Josh Brener
Brandon Wallace
Erykah Badu
Max Greenfield
Kevin Myrtle
Jason Jones
Ethan Fowler
Tamala Jones
Brian Bosworth
Nick Ivers
Chris Witaske
Phoebe Robinson
Kellan Lutz
Captain Fucktastic
Shane Paul McGhie
Jamal Barry
John Collins
John Collins
Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie
Auston Jon Moore
Ben (as Auston Moore)
Grant Hill
Grant Hill
Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban
Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns
Kristen Ledlow
Kristen Ledlow
Mathias Alvarez
Valet Guy
Paul Brian Johnson
Scott (as Paul B. Johnson)
Kausar Mohammed
Jenna Abbiddi
Taj-Naranja Jenkines
Tough Boxer
Devonta Freeman
Devonta Freeman
Desi-Ray Morris
Female Dancer (as Desi Ray Morris)
Kyra Claxton
Female Dancer
Marc Inniss
Male Dancer
Christopher Alvarez
Male Dancer
Charles Green
Dr. Wilson
Denitra Isler
Jim France
Elderly Man
Deja Dee
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
Charmin Lee
Roshawn Franklin
Dawn Halfkenny
Jay DeVon Johnson
Reverend Bates
Antjuan Rhames
Taraja Ramsess
Ashani Roberts
Cristian Gonzalez
Ben Aycrigg
Craig (as Benjamin Aycrigg)
JoAnna Lorene
Woman in Crowd (as Joanna L. Aldridge-Wilson)
Damita Jane Howard
Tasha (as Damita Jane)
Adam Silver
Adam Silver
Shonda Morgan


The film What Men Want was scheduled to be released on February 8, 2019 (United States), on March 14, 2019 (Germany) and on March 15, 2019 (United Kingdom) by Paramount Pictures, Constantin-Film, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The duration of the film is 117 minutes. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed over $72.2 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


What Men Want got average rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website: tickets.whatmenwantmovie.com

IMDB: What Men Want

Wikipedia: What Men Want

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