A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts. Check out Ralph Potts’ Blu-ray review of What Men Want.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount – 2019
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 117 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Max Greenfield
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Music by: Brian Tyler
Written by: Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory
Region Code: A
Release Date: May, 7, 2019
“Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a teal-like concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking.” – Paramount Home Media Distribution
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. After a wild night out with her girls, and a visit to a psychic, she accidentally hits and head and awakens with 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 new love interest to the test.
What Men Want is based on the film “What Women Want” and more or less follows the same formula but, in reverse. I seem to recall not minding the Nancy Meyers film so with Taraji P. Henson in the lead, I gave this one the opportunity to prove it could keep it and, it did. I mean don’t get me wrong this is straight forward rom/com viewing with a twist that isn’t anything unlike we haven’t seen, but it’s fun nonetheless. It provides enough of a character base/foundation to support its thematic flavor while integrating a bit of slapstick, slightly over the top situational humor, and entertaining interplay among the principle characters.
While there is a female empowerment essence to the film the proceedings revolve around a storyline that is essentially relevant regardless of gender. The cast is clearly right at home with one another which allows their chemistry to shine through in support of the narrative’s tonal shifts. When all was said and done my wife and I found What Men Want to be entertaining enough to make for a solid way to spend an evening when you’re in the mood for a rom/com with an edge.
The rating is for language and sexual content throughout, and some drug material.
AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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What Men Want comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Media Distribution featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.
This is an excellent video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appear better resolved than others although I suspect this is related to the photography. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail visible in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.
This 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD sound track is cracking good, and delivers crystal clear sound that is rich in sonic detail and effortless dynamics. Excellent tonal balance makes pans across the left, center and right channels appear seamless. Bass reproduction is taut, and the mix makes frequent use of the surrounds to reproduce the discrete and ambient sounds contained within the soundtrack. I enjoyed the enveloping nature of the audio and felt that the integration between the front and rear soundstages was spot on.
- o Commentary with director Adam Shankman
o Deleted & Extended Scenes with introduction by director Adam Shankman
o Gag Reel with introduction by director Adam Shankman
o The Dream Team — Meet the wildly funny cast and crew as they take you behind-the-scenes of their comedic hijinks.
o Flipping the Narrative — Discover how What Men Want flips the script on what women must do to succeed in a man’s world.
o What DO Men Want? — Laugh along with the cast and crew as they get one step closer to understanding what’s on men’s minds.
o Poker Night — Pull up a chair for one of the most epic poker nights imaginable.
o Ali + Athletes — Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) pulls out all the stops for her clients. Check out some hilarious cameos from superstar athletes.
o Sister Spills the Tea infomercial — You have questions, Sister has the answers! Watch music icon Erykah Badu play the hysterically eccentric psychic as she spills the tea on her mystical powers.
- Digital Copy
What Men Want provides an entertaining bit of escapism that allows star Taraji P. Henson to flex her comedic chops. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Media Distribution featuring excellent technical merits mated with a fan friendly supplement set that looks behind the scenes. [i]What Men Want[/i[ doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but has enough going for it to make for a decent rental when you’re up for a saucy comedy.
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