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What Women Want (2000)

A cocky, chauvinistic advertising executive magically acquires the ability to hear what women are thinking.

Director:

Nancy Meyers

Writers:

Josh Goldsmith (story), Cathy Yuspa (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Nick Marshall
Helen Hunt ... Darcy Maguire
Marisa Tomei ... Lola
Alan Alda ... Dan Wanamaker
Ashley Johnson ... Alex Marshall
Mark Feuerstein ... Morgan Farwell
Lauren Holly ... Gigi
Delta Burke ... Eve
Valerie Perrine ... Margo
Judy Greer ... Erin the File Girl
Sarah Paulson ... Annie
Ana Gasteyer ... Sue Cranston
Lisa Edelstein ... Dina
Loretta Devine ... Flo the Doorwoman
Diana Maria Riva ... Stella
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Storyline

Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his newfound talent to work against Darcy, his new boss, who seems to be infatuated with him. Written by yusufpiskin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Trivia

Nancy Meyers was hired to re-write the script (uncredited) before she was asked to direct it. She said " I got to say a lot about what I was going through in my life. There are speeches and nuances that were pretty much what was going on with me. I spent six months on it, and I didn't keep a lot of what was there." See more »

Goofs

The position of Nick's right hand changes between shots when he pours himself a glass of wine while watching television ("..too much estrogen in television these days.."). See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Buns of Steel (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Marvelous For Words
Written by Johnny Mercer and Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Excellent Romantic Comedy!
29 February 2008 | by mjhaltaSee all my reviews

This movie is one of Mel Gibsons best! He is a natural at comedy! For this movie to have such a low rating reflects on the Neanderthals that write these reviews. A few of us modern Homo-sapiens have to set the record straight and be assured my fellow enlightened humans this is a great movie. Mel Gibson does some excellent acting as does Helen Hunt. A great plot, a social statement, and a truly inspiring love story, this movie has it all, including some very very funny parts. This is not a no-brainer slap stick comedy but one that makes you think about our interaction with other people and how it effects them and you. It also answers the question that men have been seeking forever, what do women want! Rent it, you won't be disappointed. I've watched it many times and will do so again as it is that good.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,614,543, 17 December 2000

Gross USA:

$182,811,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,111,707
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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