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|Originaltitel:||What Men Want|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a tough businesswoman. But despite her enormous success, she is once again being passed over in favour of a man as a potential partner in the sportsman management agency for which she works. Ali gives free rein to her frustration at a merry hen party and finally ends up with an ominous fortune teller who wants to solve her problem. And indeed, the next day Ali wakes up and suddenly hears men's thoughts. At first she is shocked and often disgusted and wants to get rid of the gift as soon as possible - until she realizes that she can use the ability perfectly for her purposes. But then something happens that Ali hadn't expected…
Almost two decades ago, Nancy Meyers made the cinema full with the comedy "What Women Want". With a lot of heart and a charming play with typical clichés, the Mel Gibson vehicle became a blockbuster. Now director Adam Shankman brings the reverse variant into our cinemas. The problem is, what men want is not funny. The movie has some good ideas, but they're almost completely buried under shrill screams, coarse hooligans and really annoying clichés. Here is missing any form of charm or heart. Even when there is something like an emotional moment, the staging and the actors' play always remain on a rather second-rate level.
And this despite the fact that Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson was chosen as the leading actress who actually understands her craft. And it's also not that the movie doesn't address some quite right and important points. How Ali has to assert himself in a male-dominated profession and yet is never really accepted holds enormous potential for subtle and above all relevant humour. But this comedy does without it almost completely. Instead, there is one clumsy sex joke after another, lots of screaming and boring stereotypes...
Addicted, a few good laughs "What men want" then has to offer. But with a runtime of almost two hours this is far too little. Once again it becomes clear: A good idea is not enough to make a good movie. Without the right script and a director who doesn't just work with a wooden hammer, it just doesn't work. And that's why there's only one for these tired clothes: Conditionally worth seeing!
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