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What Women Want (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  15 December 2000 (USA)
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After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.



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Nick, a somewhat chauvinistic advertising exec hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the very woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He has the power to hear everything women are thinking. Finally... a man is listening.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que ellas quieren  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,614,543 (USA) (15 December 2000)


ESP 1,712,022,838 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.37 : 1
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In the bathroom scene, when Nick falls into the bathtub and nearly electrocutes himself, there's Swedish ad-poster on the wall. The text ("Härligt efter rakning") means "Wonderful after shaving". See more »


When Nick gets directions to the file girl's apartment from the Chinese woman, her grip on the umbrella changes between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Woman: [voiceover] You know the expression, "a man's man". A man's man is the leader of the pack, the kind of man other men look up to, admire, and emulate. A man's man is the kind of man who - just doesn't get what women are about.
Gigi: Nick, my ex-husband, is the ultimate man's man. I probably never should have married him. I don't think he understood a thing about me.
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Hilarious! A laugh a minute!
28 May 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson is known as sort of a macho action hero, and stereotyped into his Mad Max/Martin Riggs persona. But I've noticed (except for "Braveheart" and "The Patriot") he injects comic relief into almost anything he does. So doing a straight comedy doesn't seem like much of a stretch, and as you watch in a movie like this Gibson's timing and delivery is impeccable. On and off the camera, he has an incredible sense of humor, and he probably improvised some featured gags.

The premise is very original and interesting. A guy who can hear a woman's every thought? That's pretty much every man's fantasy. And the premise is used wisely. I laughed the whole way through! It's hilarious to watch Gibson emasculating himself by the minute, and the joke never runs dry.

I was laughing so much that I was able to tolerate the film's corny ending. I mean, when is a romantic comedy going to come along that doesn't feature a formulaic ending that is supposed to make people leave the theater and go "Awwww"?

The supporting cast is full of big stars. Bette Midler has an amusing cameo as a chain-smoking shrink. I only wish she could've had some additional scenes.

"What Women Want" is an original, feel-good comedy that will have you on the floor! This not a "chick flick." If you want to laugh--this is the movie to see! No questions asked!

My score: 8 (out of 10)

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