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What Women Want
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Starring: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Lauren Holly
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.  There's quite a bit of sex talk.
Date Movie: She'll probably wonder why, after you go to the movie, you still don't understand what she wants.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of talk and some moaning scenes but no nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots of chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Nothing truly sticks out.
Memorable Quote: One woman thinks of Nick: "He must be stoned." And another scene where Nick is thinking he should go see Darcy, as he opens the refrigerator: "What am I doing?  She's not in the refrigerator."
Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Produced By: Nancy Meyers, Bruce Davey, Matt Williams, Susan Cartsonis, Gina Matthews

What Women Want
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:03 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"What Women Want" is one of those movies that had so much potential in the previews, but thinking back on it now, just how much fun can you have with Mel Gibson as Nick Marshall, a male pig, being able to read womenís thoughts, and still keep the movie a feel-good? The answer is you can have some fun, touching on sex, money, and success, but as a feel-good the fun has to stop somewhere and in this movie it takes less than two weeks for a male pig to turn into a man truly understanding the needs of a woman.

So in "What Women Want" youíve got the always likeable Mel Gibson. As Nick we are introduced that he is your typical male pig, calling women "Babe," checking out their racks, not really caring what their names are, and, well, what most men sometimes wish they could be. Heís up for a promotion at work but gets dissed when the boss, played by Alan Alda, decides the company needs a womanís vision and hires Darcy (Helen Hunt). Her first homework assignment for the people at the firm Ė try to figure out ad campaigns for various womenís items. So, that night, immersed in a bottle of wine, Nick decides that the best way for him to understand women is to try their products. He paints his nails, waxes his legs, tries on pantyhose, slips on bath beads and gets electrocuted in the bathtub. Most people might die, Nick wakes up able to read womenís minds.

Now Nick is going crazy because heís not really liking what he is hearing, that he isnít the male God he thought he was, and he enlists the help of his old marriage counselor where she explains that Nick has the power that most men would want, knowing the thoughts of women so he can manipulate them. Nick, being the pig he still sort of is, now uses this to his advantage, stealing the ideas of his new boss before she has the confidence to speak them, and works his way back into the the big boss' good graces. But, of course, this being more of a chick-flick, well, Nick begins to fall for Darcy, Nick gets a conscience, and the movie wraps up much like you can probably guess.

"What Women Want" is a cute movie, and thatís just about it, I suppose because you can only go two ways with this, the cute way where male pig Nick falls in love and lets his heart take over, or the dark way where Nick uses his newfound ability to rule the world. The laughs are where you would expect as Nick learns how to really please a woman, in this case Lola (Marisa Tomei), the coffee store clerk, in bed; as Nick learns that as a dad he has pretty much sucked, and that he can use his ability to tell women exactly how to treat their men.

I didnít find myself busting a gut nearly as much as I thought I would, maybe mostly because the trailers already hinted where most of the laughs would come from, but I did chuckle quite a bit and it's easy to feel for Nick as he finds his life turned upside-down simply by realizing that as his old self, well, most women hated him.

Iíll wrap this up by giving "What Women Want" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. The tough part of this movie was that there was just so much going on and it lasted over two hours. There was the bad father storyline, the work storyline, the love storyline, the scumbag storyline, and the lending a helping hand storyline. It did make me chuckle but didnít make me really laugh, and I think it could have. But it is a cute movie and even though I only gave it 3 Ĺ stars, I do recommend it for your holiday viewing.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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