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What Women Want (2000)

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Director:

Nancy Meyers

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Josh Goldsmith (story), Cathy Yuspa (story) | 3 more credits »
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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

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

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Women Want See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The ad agencies are loosely based around the Chicago agency Leo Burnett, and the New York City agency BBDO. See more »

Goofs

Darcy's hair changes constantly between long shots and close ups in her speech in the first meeting she has with the staff. 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

Remade as What Women Want (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Best Is Yet To Come
Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Nancy Wilson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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My wife will kill me....!
2 July 2001 | by Garry-10See all my reviews

Well, to like this film, you've really got to like the lovely Mel. And while he's had his moments in the past, he is just starting to get .... on.... my....nerves. OK, the character is _meant_ to be obnoxious, in order to give the film its comedic spin, but boy does Mel smarm and squirm his way through the role. As most other comments have said, the women characters, particularly Tomei, are woefully underdeveloped and underused, leaving the film to stand and fall on Gibson's performance.

The plot lurches along too: Tomei is written out with an unbelievable plot device, the 'daughter' sub plot is predictable and the ending just doesn't convince.

As said, you like Mel, you get Mel. But if you're looking for sensible plot and believable characters, try elsewhere. It's almost as if the great Mel decided there just wasn't enough room in the film for anything else.


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