Unlike the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, which faced intense backlash from fans of the original, there has barely been a tweet written againstÃ‚Â What Men Want, the new gender-flipping remake of the 2000 rom-com What Women Want. While the Bill Murray-powered Ghostbusters remains cherished, it seems no one holds the Mel Gibson star vehicle particularly sacred Ã¢â‚¬â€ especially considering that, in retrospect, the film isÃ‚Â more than a little problematic.
Still, like the revampedÃ‚Â Ghostbusters and last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heist sequel OceanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 8, What Men Want marks the latest example of Hollywood revisiting an older hit film and recasting male roles with female stars. And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good thing, according to the ensemble of What Men Want (watch above).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think the industry is proving that women can carry these kinds of movies that men would usually carry,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Taraji P. Henson (Empire), who stars as an ambitious sports agents who acquires the ability to hear menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inner thoughts. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re proving it. The box office is proving it. The box office is saying, Ã¢â‚¬ËœHey, we want this.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just glad to be alive in this time and this moment to be a part of it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Ghostbusters underdelivered, grossing Ã¢â‚¬Å“onlyÃ¢â‚¬Â $229 million against a budget of $144 million, OceanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 8 performed admirably (nearly $300 million worldwide). Meanwhile,Ã‚Â audiences have embraced several other female-led blockbusters across genres, including Captain Marvel,Ã‚Â Wonder Woman, Girls Trip, and HensonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own Hidden Figures.
What Men Want co-star Tracy Morgan cautioned that Hollywood needs to be Ã¢â‚¬Å“carefulÃ¢â‚¬Â when choosing what projects to retool. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ghostbusters is a safe place for many people for many years,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said, alluding to the criticism of the reboot. Ã¢â‚¬Å“So when you touch these movies theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be done right.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The fact that [in] all these movies, there are powerful roles for women, and then you get powerful actors and performers to come in and deliver and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all great,Ã¢â‚¬Â added actress Tamala Jones, who was joined by co-star (and R&B star)Ã‚Â Erykah Badu.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It says something about women. It says that, yes, we are powerful. Yes, we are talented. And yes, we can make money. So I love whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happening, as far as that goes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What Men Want is in UK cinemas now. Watch a trailer below.
By Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Entertainment