Unlike the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, which faced intense backlash from fans of the original, there has barely been a tweet written againstÂ 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 â€” especially considering that, in retrospect, the film isÂ more than a little problematic.
Still, like the revampedÂ Ghostbusters and last yearâ€™s heist sequel Oceanâ€™s 8, What Men Want marks the latest example of Hollywood revisiting an older hit film and recasting male roles with female stars. And thatâ€™s a good thing, according to the ensemble of What Men Want (watch above).
â€œI think the industry is proving that women can carry these kinds of movies that men would usually carry,â€ said Taraji P. Henson (Empire), who stars as an ambitious sports agents who acquires the ability to hear menâ€™s inner thoughts. â€œAnd weâ€™re proving it. The box office is proving it. The box office is saying, â€˜Hey, we want this.â€™ So Iâ€™m just glad to be alive in this time and this moment to be a part of it.â€
While Ghostbusters underdelivered, grossing â€œonlyâ€ $229 million against a budget of $144 million, Oceanâ€™s 8 performed admirably (nearly $300 million worldwide). Meanwhile,Â audiences have embraced several other female-led blockbusters across genres, including Captain Marvel,Â Wonder Woman, Girls Trip, and Hensonâ€™s own Hidden Figures.
What Men Want co-star Tracy Morgan cautioned that Hollywood needs to be â€œcarefulâ€ when choosing what projects to retool. â€œGhostbusters is a safe place for many people for many years,â€ he said, alluding to the criticism of the reboot. â€œSo when you touch these movies theyâ€™ve got to be done right.â€
â€œThe 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 theyâ€™re all great,â€ added actress Tamala Jones, who was joined by co-star (and R&B star)Â Erykah Badu.
â€œIt says something about women. It says that, yes, we are powerful. Yes, we are talented. And yes, we can make money. So I love whatâ€™s happening, as far as that goes.â€
What Men Want is in UK cinemas now. Watch a trailer below.
By Kevin Polowy, Yahoo Entertainment