What Women Want
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Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Lauren Holly
young. There's quite a bit of sex talk.
wonder why, after you go to the movie, you still don't
understand what she wants.
||Lots of talk and
some moaning scenes but no nudity.
||Lots of chuckles.
||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
Bruce Davey, Matt Williams, Susan Cartsonis, Gina Matthews
"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
What Women Want
A Movie Review
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
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!!!