Friday, April 15, 2011

What Women Want (2000) [PG-13] ****

Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) is a man's man, a leader of the pack. He was raised by a single mother, who was a Las Vegas showgirl, and his male role models treated women as sex objects. Now, in his forties, Nick's an advertising executive at a big NYC agency, where he's responsible for all the sexist babes-in-bikinis advertising.

Nick doesn't realize how much the advertising world has changed until a hoped-for promotion is given to newly-hired Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). That same night, Nick has an electrifying accident in his bathroom, and when he awakens on the floor the following morning he discovers that he's able to hear what women are thinking... including what they really think of him!

Desperate to find a way to quiet the female voices in his head, Nick visits a therapist (Bette Midler) who convinces him that he should take advantage of this marvelous gift. She observes: If men are from Mars, and women are from Venus, and you speak Venusian... you can rule! At first Nick uses his new gift to manipulate women to get what he wants... sex. But, later, while doing research for a Nike ad campaign, Nick starts to listen to the voices in a different way, and he is transformed by what he learns. He begins to understand what women value, what concerns them and what they want out of life. And Nick begins to appreciate what women have to offer, to value them for themselves, rather than just for what they can do for him. Nick's transformation reminded me of similar transformations experienced by Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, and Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt have terrific chemistry in this outstanding date movie. Don't miss What Women Want. With an incredible supporting cast including: Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer, Sarah Paulson and Lisa Edelstein.

Labels: comedy, fantasy, romance
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 47/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=57, viewers=62)

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