"What Men Want" is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman.
The starring cast includes Taraji P. Henson as Ali Davis, Aldis Hodge as Will Thomas, Josh Brener as Brandon Wallace, Erykah Badu as Sister, Richard Roundtree as Skip Davis, Tracy Morgan as Joe 'Dolla' Barry, Shane Paul McGhie as Jamal Barry, Auston Jon Moore as Ben Thomas, Brian Bosworth as Nick Ivers, Chris Witaske as Eddie and others.

Here are "What Men Want" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for What Men Want movie?

Paramount Pictures on Friday, November 23, 2018 released the trailer for "What Men Want" you can watch here:
What Men Want (2019) - Red Band Trailer - Paramount Pictures.

Plot summary

What is What Men Want movie plot?

Here is a short review of "What Men Want" movie plot summary.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent in Atlanta who feels boxed out by her male colleagues. When she is passed over for a promotion at Summit Worldwide Management, her boss Nick explains that she does not connect well with men. Determined to succeed in a man's world, Ali announces that she will sign up-and-coming basketball star Jamal Barry (Shane Paul McGhie).
After getting drinks with her father, Ali flirts with the bartender, Will (Aldis Hodge). They have sex at his home, where Ali encounters his young son, Ben. At a photo shoot, Ali stands up for her client but angers Joe "Dollah" Barry, Jamal's father and manager. At her friend Mari's bachelorette party, Ali is introduced to Sister (Erykah Badu), a psychic. To help Ali "connect with men", Sister gives her "fey lougawou" (Kalanchoe pinnata) tea to drink. While dancing with her friends at a club, Ali is knocked unconscious.
Waking up, she hears the thoughts of her doctor. Ali and her assistant Brandon (Josh Brener) realize that she has gained the ability to hear men's thoughts. They track down Sister, who convinces Ali that her power is an asset. Using her newfound ability, Ali learns about a poker game attended by her fellow agents and Joe. She shows up uninvited but impresses Joe, and is invited to join Summit's meeting with Jamal. Ali saves her coworker Kevin's pitch to Jamal and Joe; Kevin later confronts Ali, and reveals that he had voted to make her partner.
Discerning that Joe does not trust a woman without a family, Ali passes off Will and Ben, who have come to return her misplaced driver's license, as her husband and son. She invites them all to an NBA game, where - unbeknownst to Will or Ben - she uses her "family" to further impress Joe. On a double date with Will, Mari (Tamala Jones), and Mari's fiancΓ© James (Roshawn Franklin), Ali hears James' thoughts, and also hears that Will only has thoughts for her. They have sex, with Ali using Will's thoughts to fully satisfy him.


Who plays who in the What Men Want movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "What Men Want" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is What Men Want movie release date?

"What Men Want" movie release date was scheduled to be on February 8, 2019 (United States) distributing by Paramount Pictures, Constantin-Film, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.


What are What Men Want filming details?

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

"What Men Want" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about What Men Want movie?

"What Men Want" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 5.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 42/100. 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.

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