Paramount has released the red band trailer for their upcoming comedy, What Men Want, a gender-flipped remake of 2000's What Women Want starring Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan.
In the film, Henson's character, Ali, is a sports agent who gains the ability to hear men's thoughts and then uses her new power to get ahead in her super competitive field. What Men Want is directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and produced by Will Packer (Girl's Trip), and it's a film that's poised to remind audiences of just how funny an actress Henson is, breaking with her more well-known, dramatic characters, like Empire's Cookie Lyon. The film also stars John Brener, Max Greenfield, Pete Davison, and Aldis Hodge.
The first trailer for What Men Want showed us Ali getting her powers as well as her shock at realizing that she can her the thoughts of all the men around her, but it's this red-band trailer that really shows how bizarre men's thoughts can be - not too mention, how R-rated. Take a look, below.
After getting past the shock of hearing the thoughts of every man around her, Ali eventually begins using her new ability to her advantage. Along with the mind-reading and all the hilarity that stems from that, What Men Want is also about a woman sports agent trying to get ahead in a predominately male-dominated field. In the film, Ali is attempting to sign a promising new NBA draftee, bringing her in to conflict with the young athlete's father - Joe Dolla, a Lavar Ball-type character played by Morgan. He, too, becomes another male obstacle on who Ali can use her powers, which will also allow for Morgan to be a source for many of those crazy, hilarious, and random thoughts that Ali overhears.
What Men Want - like last year's Girl's Trip before it - is a film that's not only set to be another riotous, R-rated comedy, but a film that will continue to break down stereotypes. It accomplishes this by giving Ali a strong arc, one where she can achieve satisfaction in both her career and her love life (without one ruling out the other), but also in how it will depict those innermost thoughts of men. Sure, there's the dirty stuff, but the fleeting thoughts Ali overhears will also illustrate that men are just as insecure as women, hitting home the point that we aren't all that different from each other is a, hopefully, hilarious manner.
What Men Want releases in U.S. theaters on February 8th, 2019.
Source: Paramount Pictures