What Women Want

HE HAS THE POWER TO HEAR EVERYTHING WOMEN ARE THINKING. FINALLY… A MAN IS LISTENING.

After accidentally electrocuting himself, cocky and womanizing Chicago ad executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) realizes that he can hear what women are thinking… and the experience is a shock to him. Not one of Nancy Meyers’s finest romantic comedies, it was nevertheless a box-office success made in those days when Gibson was a sex symbol. Unsurprisingly, he’s the right person to play this initially unlikable character who has us rooting for him to get his act together after finding out how his behavior affects women. Still, it’s long and not funny or clever enough.

2000-U.S. 126 min. Color. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Cast: Mel Gibson (Nick Marshall), Helen Hunt (Darcy Maguire), Marisa Tomei (Lola), Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Ashley Johnson… Alan Alda, Judy Greer, Sarah Paulson, Loretta Devine, Logan Lerman. Cameo: Bette Midler.

Trivia: Remade in India in 2004, China in 2011, and as What Men Want in 2019.

 

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