Going "Overboard": Hollywood's glut of gender-swap remakes

The premise of “What Women Want” (2000) — Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who is suddenly able to hear women’s thoughts — lends itself more obviously to a gender-flipped remake than most.

Taraji P. Henson, who does the honors in “What Men Want” (2019), told AFP at the recent CinemaCon industry gathering in Las Vegas her role was an empowering statement for women, but also a learning experience.

“You kind of just brush it off as ‘men like sex, eating and farting.’ I was like, ‘How are they going to make this interesting?'” said the “Empire” and “Hidden Figures” star.

“But then I read the script and I’m like, ‘Wow, men are really insecure about their looks, just like women!’ I think that’s going to be great, for women to see that.”