What Men Want (15)



Comedy (2019)
117mins US

Starring: Josh Brener, Taraji P Henson, Aldis Hodge, Kellan Lutz
Director: Adam Shankman
Writer(s): Peter Huyck, Tina Gordon, Alex Gregory
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Sports agent Alison Davis is passed over for promotion to the dismay of her office assistant Brandon. She seeks counsel from a psychic called Sister. During the session, Alison drinks a cup of pungent tea and then ventures to a nightclub, where she hits her head. When Alison regains consciousness, the sports agent can hear the innermost thoughts of every man around her. Alison realises she can exploit this newfound ability to outwit her rivals in the office.

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What Men Want (15)

Directed by one man, produced by two more and marshalled onto the big screen by an army of XY chromosomes, Adam Shankman's gender-reversed remake of What Women Want comes to the shocking conclusion that the sexes want the same things. To be loved, to be respected, to be gymnastic in the bedroom and to make uproarious and touching comedies of modern manners. What Men Want falls short of achieving the latter but does provide sporadic filthy-minded laughs as a fiercely ambitious woman in a male-dominated environment magically learns the inner secrets of her testosterone-fuelled rivals. Viewed through the lens of the MeToo and TimesUp movements, the 2000 original starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt feels outdated, and the script for Shankman's modern update specifically references the current political climate as it trots out bawdy one-liners...

What Men Want. Copyright: 2018 Paramount Players/Paramount Pictures. Caption: Taraji P. Henson as Alison Davis, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Olivia, Phoebe Robinson as Ciarra and Tamala Jones as Mari in What Men Want, directed by Adam Shankman. Photo: Jess Miglio. All Rights Reserved. The remake's greatest asset is hyperkinetic lead actress Taraji P. Henson, who performs pratfalls with gusto and split-second timing. She is funnier and smarter than the film around her, elevating misfiring material with the assistance of scene-stealing co-stars Josh Brener and Erykah Badu, who plays a crackpot fortune teller and pot dealer with a fierce set of painted nails and equally polished delivery. Henson sinks her teeth into sassy sports agent Alison Davis, one of the few women granted entry to a corporate boys' club run by suited alpha male Nick (Brian Bosworth), who inspires his charges with mantras like: "Our teamwork makes their dream work."

Alison is passed over for promotion and publicly vows to sign basketball's bright young thing, Jamal Barry (Shane Paul McGhie), whose business interests are tightly controlled by his crackpot father (Tracy Morgan). She licks her wounds at a hen party with gal pals Ciarra (Phoebe Robinson), Mari (Tamala Jones) and Olivia (Wendi McLendon-Covey), who has invited a psychic called Sister (Erykah Badu) to read tarot cards. During her private session with Sister, Alison drinks a cup of pungent hot tea, which will apparently open her "inner portal". Under the influence of the spiked brew, the sports agent hits her head. When she regains consciousness in A&E, Alison can hear the thoughts of every man around her. "I thought black people stopped drinking tea after Get Out?" quips gay assistant Brandon (Josh Brener). He becomes Alison's willing accomplice as she exploits her gift to outwit agency colleagues and nurture a fledgling romance with bartender and single father Will (Aldis Hodge).

What Men Want is fitfully entertaining, employing a scattershot approach to hitting targets with potty-mouthed humour. The script inflicts blunt force trauma with the heavy-handed life lessons that will help Alison become a more caring and considerate person. She repeatedly stumbles and picks herself up on this haphazard quest for self-improvement. Shankman's picture is left wheezing and puffing in her stiletto-heeled wake.

- Jo Planter

What Men Want. Copyright: 2018 Paramount Players/Paramount Pictures. Caption: Erykah Badu as Sister and Taraji P. Henson as Alison Davis in What Men Want, directed by Adam Shankman. Photo: Jess Miglio. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Barnsley, Parkway Cinema
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Boston, Savoy Cinema
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Dover, Cineworld Dover
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Ely, Cineworld Ely
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Harvey Centre
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Cineworld Watford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, The Arc Cinema, Wexford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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