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What Women Want (2000)

Mel Gibson , Helen Hunt , Nancy Meyers  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson
  • Directors: Nancy Meyers
  • Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake, Josh Goldsmith
  • Producers: Bruce A. Block, Bruce Davey, Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Women Want" on IMDb

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An accident leaves a normal man with the ability to hear what women are truly thinking. This insight into the female psyche provides amusement for the man until he begins to realize that he had women figured all wrong up to now. An attractive woman enters his life and he must call upon his new sense to make her fall in love with him.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Women Want March 30, 2008
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This is a very formulatic romantic comedy, but it shines largely in part to the performance of Mel Gibson. It takes someone very confident in his masculinity to put on a bra, paint his nails, and put on pantyhose all in the name of comedy. When he is suddenly struck with the gift to hear what women think, it is almost karmic destiny in retribution for his playboy ways of the past. When the shoe is on the other foot, and he sees first hand what is dealt to the fairer sex, it changes him profoundly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Story, Good Cast, and a Great Soundtrack! May 11, 2001
It's not a new premise. It's actually an old one. What do other people think about you? More importantly, what do members of the opposite sex think about you? And if you knew, what could you do with that information?
These are the questions posed to Nick (Mel Gibson). A self professed "ladies man" he waltzes through life from one sexual conquest to another, all the while confident that he is a handsome, well liked, object of affection to women everywhere. But soon Nick's world comes crashing down. He is passed over for a promotion, and his job is given to woman (Helen Hunt). Through a series of comical event Nick is blessed (or cursed... you decide) with the ability to hear the thoughts of the females (not specifically human) around him. He soon learns that he in not the end all, be all object of desire to the female community that he thought he was. After he re-groups, what Nick decides to do with his new found powers makes for some very funny moments. What does he do you ask? Well, I'm not going to be the one to spoil it for you.
Overall, "What Women Want" is a very good movie. It has all the makings of a fine romantic comedy; A handsome man, a beautiful woman, and a great deal of conflict. The only real flaw to the film is towards the end when it starts to become a little too heavy and takes itself just a little too seriously. Those are the times when the movie seems to drag and has trouble getting started again.
Gibson and Hunt are actually quite good together, and really have some good on screen chemistry. In addition, the use of Alan Alda, Bette Midler, Delta Burke, and Marisa Tomei in supporting roles is terrific.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE CRITICS WERE WRONG... June 29, 2001
This movie is surprisingly charming, given the fact that critics pilloried it when it first came out. All I can say is that Mel Gibson still has what it takes to be a leading man in a romantic comedy.
The movie certainly opens promisingly enough with a hilarious sneak preview into the childhood of the main character, Nick, a top advertising agency executive that Mel Gibson plays with great aplomb. Nick is a divorced, male chauvinist who thinks that he is God's gift to women. Unfortunately, as so many men of this type are, he is dead wrong. He is just a man's man who thinks that he is a ladies' man.
He begins to get his comeuppance when the coveted job of Creative Director, to which he is expecting to be promoted, is offered to someone outside the agency, another advertising whiz named Darcie, affectingly played by Helen Hunt. She gets the job, rather than he, so that the agency might be better able to tap into the women's market. She is now his new boss, and Nick is not happy.
After their first meeting, the disgruntled Nick goes home and drinks himself into a stupor. Look for the wonderful dance routine done in best Fred Astaire style. It is a charming salute to an all time great. While in his inebriated state, however, Nick has a shocking accident (pun intended) that enables him to be able to read women's minds.
This ability causes him some distress, as he is amazed to find out what women really think of him, and it is not always flattering. It also enables him to please women as never before, as he is able to read their innermost thoughts and anticipate their needs. It even helps him repair his relationship with his fifteen year old daughter who is undergoing teenage angst.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Women Want February 18, 2001
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I liked "What Women Want" a lot, it was halarious. The plotting was amazing, it kept you waiting for Nick(Mel Gibson) to get his power. The only semi- boring thing about this movie is at the end where it kind of drags on, Mel has lost his power and blah blah blah. Him and his boss(Helen Hunt) finially get together, then they break up, then together again, they break up, and so on. My friends and I lost interest in the movie near the end.I would reccomend this movie to anyone ready for a good laugh, but don't expect a dynamite ending, because you just don't get it with this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal Question: What DO They Want? January 17, 2001
Here is a movie that, to be sure, is part fantasy, part wacky comedy; but to call "What Women Want," directed by Nancy Meyers, "just" a comedy would be not only inaccurate, but would be doing an injustice to the film as well. Because-- while there are plenty of laughs to be had (especially early on)-- in the end, there is a lot more bite and substance to it than first meets the eye. Enough to definitely raise it far above the "fluff" piece many will perceive it to be, if only due to some shallow reviews and the theatrical trailer currently being shown, which gives only the vaguest notion of what this movie is really all about. In fact, once most of the "cute" stuff is out of the way (about a third of the way through), the film really starts to get good,with a message about decency that is worthwhile, if only it can penetrate the formidable barrier of the viewer with an attention span barely able to accommodate an episode of "Friends." Beyond the humor, there is a story here about a man named Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) who literally receives the shock of his life, and afterwards must deal with who he is by coming to terms with his past, realizing the truth about himself in the present, and understanding what his future will be if he does not change his ways . It's something of a contemporary take on "A Christmas Carol," with Nick an egotistical, self-centered, witty (In his own eyes) Scrooge; a veritable legend in his own mind, which is not-- as he comes to find out-- necessarily the way he is perceived by many of those around him, especially the women in his professional life. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Women Want Movie Review
I thought this movie was excellent! There is, of course, no way to know EXACTLY what a person is thinking yet it was a great fun way for people to get somewhat of an inside look... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nanette Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Never saw Mel so good! And, Marissa --- wow!!!!
What a wonderfully original concept, and Mel pulls it off briliantly. The secret added ingredient is Marissa's over the top experience as his first "mind share" conquest. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Terry Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy and The Music is Divine
Cute comedy and Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt sparkle. The music is by performers like Madonna and Tony Bennett and makes you want to sing along.
Published 28 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars listen here
great movie to watch for a girls night in if looking for a movie that is funny yet romantic, I just cant believe I have not seen the whole thing before! you will not regret
Published 1 month ago by t.peper
5.0 out of 5 stars One of....
best and funniest movies I have ever seen. Mel Gibson is very good about going
back and forth between drama and comedy.
Published 1 month ago by leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars What Women Wished in Men
Such a spoof, but liking this movie is easy when the music is wonderful, and comic lines do touch on the old male and female struggle for relationships in a very creative way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great RomCom
This is one of my favorite romantic comedy movies. I find myself laughing and smiling every time I watch it. :)
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca V
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Premise
An amusing film which sets up a scenario that a man can suddenly hear what women are thinking. Nick (Mel Gibson) used to be a rather insensitive arrogant man, confident of his... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. M. Keefer
2.0 out of 5 stars Men Are Half Of The Problem
It was a man's world, when I was a kid. Men went first in line and women served them. Some men abused their power and eventually the feminist movement exploded in reaction. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vic Reasoner
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not big on romantic comedies, but...
...this one's quite good.

"What Woment Want" (2000) is about a chauvinistic executive (Mel Gibson) who accidentally receives the power to hear women's thoughts, which is... Read more
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