Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a sports agent with a big firm
dominated by males. She's
adopted their hard-driving, ambitious attitude, but she still feels like
she can't quite break into the boys' club.
Especially when they pass her up, again, for that partner
promotion. Because she didn't
land the big client. So she
vows to beat them at their own game.
Her inner rage takes her right to the boxing gym, where her Dad,
Skip (Richard Roundtree) is the wise guru who lets her blow off steam,
then tells her to keep believing in herself.
Ali has a wimpish-looking assistant, Brandon (Josh Brener), who
caters to her every whim, but he, too, would really like to be a
successful agent himself. Together
they pursue the next big client, a future NBA star, whose Dad, Joe (Tracy
Morgan) insists on every negotiation going through him.
Ali has some girlfriends, but no “significant other.”
The one constant man in her life is her Dad, and he's all about
encouraging her to be self-reliant. When
an eligible bachelor, Will (Aldis Hodge) does show up, and seems
interested in her, she hardly known how to act, especially when she finds
out he has a young son, because she's never had a family of her own.
One night she and her girlfriends get together to do some serious
partying, including meeting with a medium (played compellingly by Erykah
Badu) who serves up some specially-spiked tea.
When Ali hits her head afterwards , somehow she wakes up the
ability to hear what men are thinking.
Yes, this plot device has been done before, by Mel Gibson and Helen
Hunt, in 2000 (“What Women Want”), but this version not only switches
genders, it's also a bit raunchier. It
does have some heart, though, and really, the plot is about Ali learning
to listen, and cooperate, and appreciate the people around her.
Oh, and she'll have to apologize to some people she hurt along the
way. Before she gets there,
however, we have some bawdy moments, some awkward truth-telling at a
wedding ceremony, and a whole lot of cultural icons making cameo
appearances. (Shaq and Mark Cuban at the poker table? )
The humor utilizes a lot of suggestive material, which will be
offensive to some, and for others simply not appropriate material for
comedy sketches. But if you're
not easily offended, and you'd like some R-rated humor around the edges
with some heart in the middle, this one's got just the formula.