Almost two decades ago, Mel Gibson made a Mel Gibson-y appearance in What Women Want, an early 2000s romcom about a corporate bro who gains the ability to hear women’s thoughts and discovers there is more than meets his eye. Now, Taraji P. Henson and director Adam Shankman are deconstructing that story to give it a modern, gender-flipped twist. It’s appropriately dubbed What Men Want.
A trailer for the new flick reveals Henson playing an ambitious sports agent trying to find her place in a boys’ club atmosphere. After she’s passed over for a promotion, she seeks the help of a spiritual guide, aka Erykah Badu, who gives her some rancid tea. The next morning, Ali wakes up and soon realizes she has the power to read the dumb, gross, and misogynistic thoughts of men.
Per the synopsis, “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 to the test.”
The movie also stars Max Greenfield, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, Tracy Morgan, and Aldis Hodge, with some small supporting roles by people like Shaq, Mark Cuban, and Pete Davidson.
What Men Want hits theaters on January 11, 2019.