What Women Want

What Women Want

Nancy Meyers (2000)

121min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mel Gibson seems to be winning the battle of the sexes in this inventive romantic comedy from director Nancy Meyers. Gibson plays Nick Marshall, a chauvinistic advertising executive who accidentally suffers an electric shock and suddenly finds himself able to hear women's thoughts. His unique gift sometimes proves to be a mixed blessing, but when bitchy rival Helen Hunt beats him to a top job, Gibson decides to play dirty. Gradually, his insights into how women think, and what they want, bring out his feminine side. Despite the daft premise, this is wittily written and sharply directed, with Gibson effortlessly running the gamut from sheer obnoxiousness to utter charm. Hunt is great, too, as his far-from-perfect love match. A couple of superfluous subplots slow down the action, but otherwise this is splendid entertainment in the grand tradition of those screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s.

Summary

A freak accident gives a womanising executive the ability to hear the thoughts of the opposite sex. Embittered after losing out on promotion to a female colleague, he uses his new-found talent to exact revenge - but the insight it provides ultimately brings out an unexpected sensitive side. Romantic comedy, starring Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda and Bette Midler.

Cast & Crew

Nick Marshall Mel Gibson
Darcy Maguire Helen Hunt
Lola Marisa Tomei
Dan Wanamaker Alan Alda
Gigi Lauren Holly
Morgan Farwell Mark Feuerstein
Alex Marshall Ashley Johnson
Therapist Bette Midler
Director Nancy Meyers
Writer Josh Goldsmith
Writer Cathy Yuspa
Writer Diane Drake
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama