“What Men Want” (Paramount)
By Catholic News Service
Workplace comedy based on 2000’s “What Women Want” examines female empowerment and the constant mutual misunderstandings that beset the sexes. Taraji P. Henson plays a high-powered, foul-mouthed sports agent whose career stalls because she fails to connect well with men. A magic potion gives her the ability to read male minds and puts her in touch with her inner strength.
Director Adam Shankman and screenwriters Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory have baked in a surprising number of thematic layers, but a somewhat high raunch factor and a gay subplot narrow the appropriate audience for their film.
Three nonmarital sexual encounters, references to homosexuality, some vulgar banter, at least one profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.