What men want to assess: what does this film try to sell us? - The Mary Sue

When What women want came out, it gave us the idea that a man can change if you let him hear the inner thoughts of a woman. The problem was that none of us really thinks like the movie is to us, and it was just a message that men had to … listen – something that should have been known.

So when What men want was made, my first thought was "why?" and I keep thinking about that again now that I've seen the film. I am just 90% sure that the end of this film says that women just have to listen to men, what … it is 2019. We have done our learner 2019 + years of it.

That is the majority of my problem with What men want: I do not know what this movie is trying to sell me. When I left the theater, I gave more to the men in the movie than I did to Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson). First let's talk about her name. Her father loves boxing and owns his own boxing studio. Ali, who was inconsistently pronounced as Muhammad Ali and other times as the nickname for Allison, wanted to become a boxer (does she admit at the end of the movie?) But eventually became an agent for athletes.

It is clear that where she works is a boys' club, and no matter how often she tries to make a partner, another man always takes her place. Her friends and even her assistant tell her that it is because she does not know how to relate to men, and so a psychically gifted person gives her the ability to hear men's thoughts.

Here is the first time I do not know what this film is trying to sell to me: the men and their thoughts. Some are what we would consider as & # 39; typical masculine thought patterns & # 39 ;, I think, and that is farting jokes and gross things like Tracy Morgan who just has toast on his pocket. Others are more surprising. There is a nice storyline between the character of Pete Davidson and Josh Brener, where Ali realizes that the character of Davidson is not attracted to her, but rather the character of Brener.

The problem with the & # 39; thoughts & # 39; is that they still are not how people think. Will, Ali & # 39; s boyfriend in the film, tells her that listening to the thoughts of men is not how you get to know them. You have to listen to their hearts. Yes, it is like that.

What annoyed me most was that I am almost certain that the message of this film is that a woman who is good at her job and wants to succeed is just as bad as a man who is a woman addict (if we look back to What does the woman want?). Of course, by the end of the movie, Ali finds out that she does not have to answer the men in her life and can be her own boss, but there's a whole film of men needed to show that she's better than what they give her.

The best part of this film is that Ali assesses Max Greenfield and finds out (because of his thoughts, of course) that he is a pretty good guy who thinks she is unbelievable in her job. So … is that the point of this movie? To show me that Max Greenfield is great and that women can be their own bosses after being persuaded by men?

Maybe I'm too hard. I once laughed and I had a woman who laughed loudly and shouted: "He has been violated" when Ali was sleeping with Will for the first time, so it was quite an experience, but I still think it could have been a a lot better. With a clear message and showing Ali that these men wanted to get her from the start (with the exception of her assistant and Max Greenfield), What women want could have had something great for the audience.

Instead, we got a kind of half-baked remake, starring Taraji P. Henson (an obvious upgrade from Mel Gibson, but there was no Helen Hunt in sight). Perhaps this just proves that we are above the somewhat sexist romcom in 2019 (even when it comes to & vice versa sexism & # 39; and show that a woman can also anticipate men).

But are we surprised at all by this film? It was written by two men and a woman, and directed and produced by men. So sure, the message will be that women will not listen to men if we have had to listen to men for the last time, no matter how many centuries. We have listened and made it clear that you do not listen to us, because you make films like this.

Oh wait! Did I forget to mention that, to close the deal with Jamal Berry, a rising basketball player, that Ali claims Will and his son are her family? Will, who, when they first slept together, tried to explain that his wife had died and that she was rude to him? And then she did not tell him she pretended to be her family?

You can write women who want to succeed and who can not ruin relationships in their lives to get there. We can be better with our characters and make sure it works.

I came from a film with a female lead that all men loved instead of her, while in the least it should not have been the point of this film. I gave it two stars because of Greenfield, the cute speckled Brener and Will and his son Ben. Let's hear it for the boys!

It is really disturbing for me that I did not like this movie. I did not look What women want since it came out, but I remember that at least I enjoyed that movie. What men want does not work because the idea that a successful woman deserving of a promotion she does not get because of men should receive a lesson from those same men, who in the first place should not let anything happen to them, is disheartening.

There is a moment that really stands out. Her boss threatens to fire her if she does not sign Jamal Berry (an absurd threat, because it is for the whole company and should not just drive on her shoulders). If one of the other agents sneaks behind their backs, signs Jamal and leaves the company, that is somehow her wrong.

But … she can hear men's thoughts, so why did not she know he was going to do this? Anyway, her boss blames her for all this and she tells him that it is not her, to which he answers that he can not fire her. Ali points out that it is because she is a black woman, and he does not deny it, but will not confirm that she is right.

Frankly, Ali should have left. That is the moment you walk out, you only sign Jamal Berry and you get the same end result of this movie without accepting the idea of ​​the "boys club" she wants to be.

Except that Ali's drive to be part of the boys' club, to take seriously, is known but dated. We do not need them. We can do it ourselves. That is the message that this film should have had from the beginning, but instead he threw it in the end as if Ali had not really thought about it.

Will indicates in the film that men and women have the same desires, that they just want to share their lives with someone and want to be happy in what they do. If that is the case, well, great. But that's not really what 90% of this movie sold me.

If you want to laugh and be reminded that Max Greenfield is great, then look What men wantbut honestly, unless you have a woman behind you who shouts: "He has been violated" during your screening, you might not enjoy it so much. Taraji P. Henson deserves better.

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