Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson drinks a spiked cup of tea and wakes up with the ability to read the male mind in “What Men Want,” a gender-flipped remake of Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson’s 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want.”
Released Tuesday, the film's first trailer (above) begins with the “Empire” and “Hidden Figures” star missing out on a well-deserved promotion at her sports management firm because she's a woman. Indeed, she's fighting an uphill battle against the patriarchy, including one seemingly sexist character played by repeat Stern Show guest Tracy Morgan.
“I don’t trust women who don’t get dudes, like I don’t trust a man with no eyebrows and too many keys,” Tracy’s character tells her (above).
Taraji eventually turns to a psychic (Grammy winner Erykah Badu) to solve her male problem and drinks a drug-infused concoction that gives her the ability to read the minds of every man she encounters, regardless of how strange or perverse his thoughts may be.
Her newfound skill proves useful at times—particularly during a poker game against a group of rich and famous guys—but reading Tracy’s mind apparently leads to more questions than it does answers. “I smell toast,” he thinks while looking at his hand of cards (above). “Am I having a stroke? Wait, I have toast in my pocket. Phew.”
Howard of course did not need to read Tracy’s mind during his most recent Stern Show visit. The acclaimed actor and comedian was an open book, discussing everything from the tragic car crash which almost claimed his life in 2014 to his plans to portray Louis Armstong in a movie he said he's penning himself. Listen to a clip from Howard and Tracy's sit down (below).
“What Men Want,” co-starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tamala Jones, Max Greenfield, Phoebe Robinson, Stern Show veteran Mark Cuban, and Shaquille O’Neal, opens Jan. 11, 2019.