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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>

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo que ellas quieren 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

When Nick is in the lunchroom receiving feedback regarding his advice to the co-worker moving to Israel, the woman says "I don't think it was you got it, see you next Tuesday". See you next Tuesday is a euphemism for vagina. C.U.... It could be a complete coincidence, but as their conversation ends, Nick moves his head to reveal a portrait that resembles the female anatomy. See more »

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When Darcy takes Nick to her new apartment he is standing in the doorway and loosens his tie. When he approaches her to go into the dining room, it's securely knotted 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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References Shaft (1971) See more »

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A romantic comedy that a guy can see too
1 February 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is pretty much the typical romantic comedy, but with an interesting twist; the main character has the ability to hear womens thoughts. The important thing was that for it to work, the character would be placed in a lot of interesting comical situations, where you could laugh at it, without it being too mocking of womens thoughts, or too far-out to enjoy. It succeeds pretty well, however the way the character gains and loses the ability were handled somewhat poorly. The humor is good, and there is plenty of it, throughout the entire runtime. The characters were believable, and the main character eventually grew to be likable. The plot was good, and the acting likewise. The only thing that brings the movie down, is the poor execution of the gain/loss of the ability to hear womens thoughts, and the sugar-sweet ending, that was too predictable and plain boring, as anyone who's seen one of the hundreds(possibly thousands) of romantic comedies out there. No actual new stuff brought to the table, apart from the interesting and original concept of a man being able to hear what women are thinking. OK for a romantic comedy. 7/10


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