What Women Want (2000)
Front Cover Actor
Mel Gibson Nick Marshall
Helen Hunt Darcy McGuire
Marisa Tomei Lola
Alan Alda Dan Wanamaker
Ashley Johnson Alexandra 'Alex' Marshall
Mark Feuerstein Morgan Farwell
Lauren Holly Gigi
Delta Burke Eve
Valerie Perrine Margo
Judy Greer Erin
Lisa Edelstein
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Fantasy; Romance
Director Nancy Meyers
Producer Susan Cartsonis; Bruce Davey; Bruce A. Block
Writer Josh Goldsmith; Cathy Yuspa
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 7 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
It must've made for a great pitch meeting: Male chauvinist advertising executive gains the ability to hear the thoughts of any woman around him. Add Mel Gibson--as Nick, the divorced "man's man" who can charm almost any woman into bed--and you've got high-concept comedy made in Hollywood heaven, right? Not necessarily. The smartest thing director Nancy Meyers did with What Women Want is dispose of this ludicrous plot contrivance before it wears out its welcome. It's fun to see Mel react to a deafening chorus of female thoughts, but his dubious "gift"--courtesy of an accidental electro-shock in his bathtub--is a mixed blessing for the audience. The women in Nick's life conveniently think in complete sitcom-friendly sentences, and the novelty quickly wears thin.

The movie improves by focusing on the fallout of Nick's predicament. Exploiting his unfair advantage, he sabotages the career of his new boss (Helen Hunt) even as he's falling in love with her; says all the right things to the aspiring actress (Marisa Tomei) who previously spurned his advances; and uses mind reading to curry favor with his 15-year-old daughter (Ashley Johnson). This two-faced scheming isn't malicious, however, and What Women Want is blessed by Gibson's amiably nuanced performance. His graceful riff on Fred Astaire is a dazzling surprise, and as Nick reforms, Gibson takes major credit for whatever depth this movie achieves. After a bit of nonsense, What Women Want has a lot to say about male and female behavior, be it noble or unappealing. It's both amusing and truthful, and that's almost as fun as a glimpse into someone else's brain. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
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Index 1331
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/2/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Screen Ratio 1.85 Wide Screen
1.85:1
UPC 097363383840
Chapters
Release Date 1/8/02
Subtitles English; English for the hearing impaired
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby