It’s a bizarre thing, but for several years the 2000 Mel Gibson movie What Women Want was the highest grossing rom-com ever. Its $374 million worldwide means it remains one of the most successful romantic comedies in history.
Now it’s getting a remake/reboot which look very timely in the #metoo era, with Taraji P. Henson taking over the role of the person who can hear the thoughts of members of the opposite sex. That gives plenty of potential to look at ideas of gender and race, although from the evidence of this trailer, it’s not clear how deep it will go.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.’
Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson and Max Greenfield also star, with Adam Shankman directing. Take a look at the trailer below. [Read more…]