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What Women Want

A movie directed by Nancy Meyers

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Why we used to love Mel

  • Mar 20, 2010
Why did people love Mel Gibson, before he set fire to his career? I watched this movie, and how I missed the old Mel, the funny Mel, the guy who could laugh at himself.

What Women Want is a battle of the sexes movie, but its also a very funny movie about the change that came to advertising when the retail world woke up and realized that women really did control a whole lot of the money. What to do? What to do? Things had progressed beyond Mad Men, of course but agencies still had a whole lot of men sitting around trying to imagine what women wanted--instead of hiring them to handle the problem.

In What Women Want, one dinosaur of a man, Mel Gibson (yeah, I know) gets to hear what is going on in women's heads. Its quite a shock because even though this guy has lived a charmed life--he never suspected that so many of the women around him were thinking that he was a Class A jerk. Furthermore, he found he deserved it. Gibson doesn't turn into Mister-Sensitive-Man but he does begin to understand that the opposite sex seems to be made up of human beings. And he is really really funny as he finds out.

Helen Hunt is great in this movie, but there are lots and lots of well known actresses in small roles. The soundtrack is classy, romantic and perfect--with lots of that "man's man" Frank Sinatra, to set just the right tone.

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review by . November 27, 2011
WHAT WOMEN WANT Still Eludes Us All
Back in the days when Mel Gibson had much more than a prayer for an acting career (circa 2000), he smartly with director Nancy Meyers in WHAT WOMEN WANT, the story of a sexist advertising executive who learns his lesson when he unwittingly develops the power to read only women’s minds.  The $70 million picture went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide, so it was perhaps inevitable that someone somewhere decided to cash in on the successful, romantic formula of a man earning a woman’s …
review by . January 21, 2002
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Pros: I'm a sucker for Gibson     Cons: story is a bunch of fluff, so is Hunt's character     The Bottom Line: once in ahile you need a bit fluff           The Oracle says: Delta Burke has a Bacon number of 2.       Delta Burke was in Sordid Lives (2000) with Beth Grant    Beth Grant was in Flatliners (1990) with Kevin Bacon ***         Weird, yes I am. Where …
review by . December 13, 2000
Pros: Funny, Charming.     Cons: Predictable     The battle between the sexes has raged on for years with both men and women trying to understand the other sex, and to try to realize what the other truly wants. It was said that Sigmund Freud spent his final days debating women, and was very frustrated that he could not come to an understanding of them.      In today¬ís modern world, where nothing seems to be beyond the reach of technology, …
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What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy filmdirected by Nancy Meyers and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The movie achieved enormous success with a domestic gross of $182,811,707 and a worldwide gross of $374,111,707, against a budget of $70 million.

Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), a Chicago ad executive, and alpha male, who grew up with his Las Vegas showgirl mother, is a chauvinist. He is skilled at selling to men and seducing women (such as local coffee attendant Lola (Marisa Tomei). However, just as he thinks he's headed for a promotion, his manager Dan (Alan Alda) informs him that is hiring the talents of Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt) instead, to broaden the firm's appeal to women.

Also, his estranged 15-year-old daughter Alex (Ashley Johnson) is spending two weeks with him while his ex-wife Gigi (Lauren Holly) goes on honeymoon with her new husband. Alex is embarrassed by Nick, and resents him being protective when she brings her boyfriend home.

Needing to prove himself to Darcy and Dan, Nick attempts to think of copy for a series of feminine products that Darcy gave out. However he slips and falls into his bathtub while holding an electric hairdryerelectrocuting himself. The next day, Nick wakes up able to understand his maid`s thoughts as she cleans his apartment. As he walks through a park and encounters ...

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Director: Nancy Meyers
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 15, 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 08, 2001
Runtime: 2hrs 6min
Studio: Paramount
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