Fascinating that Tina Gordon is credited for writing here and for directing Little in the same year, two different high concept remakes flipped on their axis with black women leads, for two different studios. This is the better one, although it takes its cues, tone, and lighting a little too openly from Judd Apatow movies. Erykah Badu's psychic dealer who accidentally imbues Ali with powers is the obvious highlight.
Marginally better than the marketing made it out to be, "What Men Want" is still victim to the usual pitfalls of contemporary comedy. It horrifically sabotages its subtext with cheap racial stereotyping, and Taraji P. Henson is far above this lame-duck material. Tracy Morgan is good as a LaVar Ball caricature, though, and there are faint earnest anecdotes. Would be a modestly serviceable airplane movie.