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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$182,811,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,300,000
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DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Nick and Darcy are discussing the sketches of the runner for the Nike project. Nick is making notes as Darcy is holding the ad workup card straight out in front of her. She hugs the card to her chest then with one hand, drops it to her side and in the next shot she has it back up in front of her, holding it with both hands again. 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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Soundtracks

Nobody But Me
Written by Billy Myles
Performed by Lou Rawls
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
For all us guys.
17 April 2002 | by SmileysWorldSee all my reviews

A man suddenly finds himself able to read women's minds and actually know what women want from men.Now,what guy doesn't want to be in that position? This was a terrific idea for a film and it was executed to perfection.Who better than Mel Gibson to represent us in this situation? He's the one man women probably wish understood them.At any rate,Gibson really turns on the Gibson charm here and there's not a better film in which to do that.Helen Hunt makes a great leading lady and is her usual charming self.Also,from the supporting cast,it's always great to see Alan Alda,one of the most underrated actors of our time.This film starts with a very unique,funny idea,and it does not disappoint in terms of how good it can be executed.Well casted,well directed and very funny film.


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