What Women Want (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Mel Gibson Nick Marshall
Helen Hunt Darcy McGuire
Marisa Tomei Lola
Alan Alda Dan Wanamaker
Ashley Johnson Alexandra 'Alex' Marshall
Mark Feuerstein Morgan Farwell
Lauren Holly Gigi
Delta Burke Eve
Valerie Perrine Margo
Judy Greer Erin
Sarah Paulson Annie
Ana Gasteyer Sue Cranston
Lisa Edelstein Dina
Loretta Devine Flo the Doorwoman
Diana-Maria Riva Stella
Eric Balfour Cameron
Andrea Taylor Inner Voice Actress/Office Intern
John Frazier Truck Driver
Joe Petcka Man on Street
Brian Callaway Man on Street
Coby Goss Man on Street
Christian Michel Man on Street
Perry Cavitt Ogling Man
Crystal McKinney Unimpressed Woman
Jeanine Renick Unimpressed Woman
Kathrin Lautner Gigi's Friend
Logan Lerman Young Nick Marshall
Kelly Cooper Showgirl
Palmer Davis Showgirl
Katie Miller Showgirl
Dana Waters Nick's Mom
Gregory Cupoli Male Role Model
Alexondra Lee Woman in Sweater
Aviva Gale Counter Girl
Shirley Prestia Coffee Shop Customer
T.J. Thyne Coffee Shop Customer
Norman H. Smith Norm
Audrey Wasilewski Secretary with Danish
Angela Oh Dan's Secretary
Robert Briscoe Evans Ted
Bette Midler Nick's shrink (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Fantasy; Romance
Director Nancy Meyers
Producer Susan Cartsonis; Bruce Davey; Gina Matthews; Nancy Meyers; Matt Williams; Josh Goldsmith; Cathy Yuspa
Writer Josh Goldsmith; Cathy Yuspa; Diane Drake
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 127 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
It must've made for a great pitch meeting: Male chauvinist advertising executive gains the ability to hear the thoughts of any woman around him. Add Mel Gibson--as Nick, the divorced "man's man" who can charm almost any woman into bed--and you've got high-concept comedy made in Hollywood heaven, right? Not necessarily. The smartest thing director Nancy Meyers did with What Women Want is dispose of this ludicrous plot contrivance before it wears out its welcome. It's fun to see Mel react to a deafening chorus of female thoughts, but his dubious "gift"--courtesy of an accidental electro-shock in his bathtub--is a mixed blessing for the audience. The women in Nick's life conveniently think in complete sitcom-friendly sentences, and the novelty quickly wears thin.

The movie improves by focusing on the fallout of Nick's predicament. Exploiting his unfair advantage, he sabotages the career of his new boss (Helen Hunt) even as he's falling in love with her; says all the right things to the aspiring actress (Marisa Tomei) who previously spurned his advances; and uses mind reading to curry favor with his 15-year-old daughter (Ashley Johnson). This two-faced scheming isn't malicious, however, and What Women Want is blessed by Gibson's amiably nuanced performance. His graceful riff on Fred Astaire is a dazzling surprise, and as Nick reforms, Gibson takes major credit for whatever depth this movie achieves. After a bit of nonsense, What Women Want has a lot to say about male and female behavior, be it noble or unappealing. It's both amusing and truthful, and that's almost as fun as a glimpse into someone else's brain. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 163
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 097363383840
Chapters 17
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database