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What Women Want (2000)
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by Nuwanda

"It's good, but it can wait for video"
4 stars

As there are so many quality movies to see right now with the Oscar rush, I wasn't into seeing this Hollywood mega-buster. I fought hard on the weekend to get my friends to any of the good arthouse movies coming out, but they weren't budging. They weren't in the mood for something intellectual. So, we ended up with the seemingly mindless What Women Want. I begrudgingly followed my friends to the doors of the theatre with a scowl on my face. That scowl didn't take long to turn to a smile.

In the film, ladies man Nick Marshall, (Mel Gibson) gets electrocuted and wakes up with the ability to hear women's thoughts. This premise lends itself beautifully to the prospectof many humorous and insightful moments. The film weighs in heavier in the humor category, focusing less on the substantial aspects of women's nature. And, in some respects, it's best left that way. If the director had chosen to explore some of the more dark aspects of the women's psyche, she would have ended up with a dramatic film.

However, the film is not without it's soulful moments. An effective sub-plot with a depressed girl gives the film the balance that it required to save it from being pure fluff. Also noteworthy is the attention that is paid to women who feel coerced into having sex, taking a guy home, etc. That part was highly truthful, and also somewhat painful for me to watch. The scenes are done delicately, however, so that they are not 'man-bashing' or biased in any way.

The only cheese is at the end with this scene that is all about 'who's saving who' and all that crap. That grated my nerves a little. At least it shows the woman saving the man for a change. But really, the only people that we can save are ourselves. And I guess if it took Hollywood 50 years to change it from the man saving the woman, it might take another 50 years for them to realize that the whole 'saving' idea to begin with, is foolish and somewhat dangerous.

But, I won't hold my breath waiting for Hollywood movies to become more realistic.

A good shot at the feminist perspective, and funny, this film is definitely worth a look. It won't change your life, but it should make you laugh, and possibly think a little.

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originally posted: 01/17/01 14:59:45
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User Comments

4/05/13 CC I usually hate romcoms, but great performance from Mel & great review. 4 stars
4/01/11 Monday Morning No excuse for a 165-minute running time. Way excessive. 2 stars
9/14/08 Bill H I hated the musical montage the most. 1 stars
8/18/08 Shaun Wallner Never laughed so hard in my Life!! 5 stars
2/09/08 Samantha P funny film, with great soundtrack! 4 stars
12/20/07 Wendell Maness Women are not too smart, easy to cheat on! 3 stars
7/10/07 Tiffany Losco funny, cute movie 5 stars
3/06/07 Stanley Thai A funny film and well-acted. 4 stars
7/11/06 srii romantic pretty funny moview 4 stars
7/10/06 David Cohen I refuse to believe women are as stupid as this movie portrays them 1 stars
5/23/06 ffffffffffffffffffff its romantic 4 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer Taking Mr. "Sexiest man alive" down a peg is as fun as Scwarzenegger's "JUNIOR" 2 stars
9/04/05 Katie It was great! I loved it! 5 stars
4/27/05 chandrakanth k s soft ramance which is soothing 4 stars
9/14/04 Jack Sommersby TV-style development of TV-ish story premise. Well-acted, though. 2 stars
8/07/04 indian boy awesome movie one of the greatest 5 stars
9/16/03 Fluffy Ears Henkelschmidt IV Worst acting and unfunniest film of the year 1 stars
7/31/03 omar "surfur" youssef Well-casted, well-written, and well-made. A hilarious must-see! One of Gibson's finest. 5 stars
7/23/03 Kit Pretty funny movie 4 stars
7/17/03 Chris A little to commercialize but still fun as a whole. Ranges from hillarious to mild but fun. 4 stars
4/08/03 JL I thought this was a cute, light hearted movie. 3 stars
2/25/03 GMan Aaaaah....Helen Hunt....I would fuck you.... 2 stars
1/21/03 Pinkline Jones An insult to the intelligence. Gibson is simply awful. 1 stars
12/04/02 Gazza E Really good. One of the better romantic comedies of recent years. 4 stars
10/23/02 Charles Tatum Cloying and cutesy 2 stars
7/04/02 KMG It was okay....not used to seeing Mel in anything but crime or period pieces 3 stars
6/06/02 stud good 4 stars
3/27/02 Sery I thought this movie was so cute. Helen Hunt is a great actress. Jake-the voices ARE real 4 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Entertaining and fun. Not profound...it wasn't meant to be. 4 stars
1/08/02 hilary awesome 5 stars
1/07/02 Mr. Hat Mel Gibson is cool. I love this movie. 5 stars
12/28/01 Jake Struck by lighting? Is that healthy? The women's voices were phony at times and annoying! 2 stars
10/02/01 Kirk Well, at least it was different. Seeing Mel in pantyhose was worth the price of admission! 4 stars
10/01/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Funny and Delightful Movie. 4 stars
9/27/01 Vanmarsenille Rohnny nice way to spend an evening 4 stars
8/27/01 Anastasiou Dimitris Give the money of your ticket to a homeless!!! 1 stars
7/29/01 Jennifer Gaissert Loved Mel dancing with the hat, but poorly written 3 stars
7/28/01 Henry Ginsberg Fit women .Crap movie . 2 stars
7/24/01 SJKelley Expectations land like a thud. MsAsh's review is ridiculous. 2 stars
7/22/01 D.R. Unresolved to me- ok "you're fired but I still love-please stay" Very good otherwise 4 stars
7/17/01 KMK no real laughs. waste of time 1 stars
7/16/01 Piz Predictable, flat, boring, no surprises, no chemistry, What were Gibson and Hunt thinking? 2 stars
6/29/01 martin this review sucks - it's a great film 5 stars
6/12/01 J Excellent Comedy but err..."not-so" excellent drama overall a good movie. 4 stars
6/12/01 Terrie Smith A couple of good moments; Gibson & Hunt lack charisma as a romantic team.. 3 stars
6/08/01 Turtle After the first, juicy hour, crap is sandwiched into the film, and the end doesn't save it. 3 stars
5/29/01 Thatguy Gibson's cool, for the first hour. The rest sucks. 2 stars
5/21/01 Monday Morning Chick flick for female Mel fans. Otherwise very unremarkable. 3 stars
5/13/01 Movie Freek Cute, but disposable. 3 stars
5/13/01 Babybelle well I loved it...nice cosy mel-ting chocolate movie 5 stars
5/08/01 The Bomb 69 fun entertainment 4 stars
4/04/01 Hawkeye Who knew Mel could dance? Funny as hell to watch, if predictable. 4 stars
3/07/01 Ed Lewandowski Has its moments. Mainly boring. 3 stars
2/26/01 Matthew Bartley Echh..it was so-so 3 stars
2/20/01 voyant A few good moments, but mostly disappointing. Wait for the video. 3 stars
2/18/01 Avenger Girl Very predictable, but Mel and Helen play great roles. Worth the money to see it 4 stars
2/15/01 Michael Nicholls No...nobody wants it! 1 stars
2/09/01 Franny Streder It was so awesome. Mel Gibson is so hot. 5 stars
2/09/01 Cathy Poirier very good movie, sexy Mel 5 stars
2/08/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Thank god Mel Gibson can't read my mind...I'd be thinking very dirty thoughts. >=) 4 stars
1/22/01 Piz long AND predictable...what a combo! 2 stars
1/22/01 Christopher Ruggles This film was a great film to see. I would go and pay the 7 dollars to see it again.=-) 5 stars
1/20/01 Teresa Maloney I loved it! 4 stars
1/20/01 mazi mimir 1 stars
1/18/01 JRN516 very very good 4 stars
1/18/01 Nick Excellent 5 stars
1/16/01 Belinda Way too long. 2 stars
1/02/01 Collegebrat19 This was a great movie I laughed the whole time. Mel Gibson gives an excellent performace. 5 stars
1/02/01 Zavon Too much crammed in to too short a space...there's a superior film trying to get out here. 3 stars
1/01/01 Hamburger the worst movie I've seen in a long time 1 stars
1/01/01 Jenny-My-Fur ok so we know helen and mel rock, but i am sorry this movie blew! 3 stars
12/31/00 Dario Better than what the critics say! 4 stars
12/29/00 Bassam So greet 4 stars
12/27/00 Sansnet Watkins I liked it; I thought the writing was pretty truthful and that Mel looked great 4 stars
12/27/00 Andrea The only funny parts were the ones already in the previews....it was dumb 1 stars
12/23/00 Monique A fantastic girly movie! 5 stars
12/20/00 orpy A few laughs, not believable but light entertainment 4 stars
12/19/00 poetcdh Good laughs, nice romantic comedy 4 stars
12/18/00 John Lyons Pretty good movie, Helen Hunt looked great! 4 stars
12/18/00 denise Great premise, poorly executed, should be titled "What stero-typical women want" 2 stars
12/17/00 fishie An Ok movie, a little thin in the storyline. Good one to wait and rent it. 4 stars
12/16/00 Angus moorehead Mel Gibson! What is the attraction? a mediocre actor, always been. 2 stars
12/16/00 Erik C. Thauvin God forbid us "men" would admit enjoying this movie. 4 stars
12/16/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Just came back from this flick. Oh my god, Mel looked better in, Man Without A Face. 1 stars
12/15/00 Louis THIS MOVIE SUCKS! 1 stars
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  15-Dec-2000 (PG-13)
  DVD: 16-Jan-2007


  11-Jan-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Nancy Meyers

Written by
  Josh Goldsmith
  Kathy Yuspa

  Mel Gibson
  Helen Hunt
  Marisa Tomei
  Alan Alda
  Lauren Holly
  Bette Midler

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