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What Women Want is director Nancy Meyers'(The Parent Trap, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, It's Complicated) second film. Starring Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei and Helen Hunt, this romantic comedy was released in 2000.
Nick works for an ad agency where he has to work under a new female boss Darcy whom he slowly falls for. Nick undergoes an accident and is blessed with the power of listening to women's thoughts! Nick's life revolves around his profesional life and his daughter who hardly trusts on him, and he uses his new found power to solve all his problems.
The idea is not something revolutionary in terms of the content of the story. You have to accept the fact that the film crosses the boundary of real world and transcends into fiction when the whole accident happens in the bathroom and he gets the new ability! What follows is a regular story, a romantic comedy at heart which never rises above the average mark and actually falls below it by the end of the film.
I was quite disappointed with the film, especially because I was expecting a good film since it featured big names like Mel Gibson and Marisa Tomei. Not only did I find Mel Gibson underperforming, Marisa Tomei hardly had any role to herself. Helen Hunt remained to be the only saving grace of the film- she was a treat to look at and was good in a role that hardly demanded any heroics.
What Women Want does have its share of moments, but they are few and spread out. If you are in the mood for a romantic comedy, you should choose something else. And just for the record, you can actually pick up the same director's The Holiday or It's Complicated, they are far better films!
What Women Want came out back in 2000. Again I can't believe this film is already ten years old! This is an American comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The film was directed by Nancy Myers and did well at the box office. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and won quite a few other awards as well.
The film tells the story of Nick. He is a man's man. He thinks all women love him and he thinks he knows everything there is to no about women. However one night he has a freak accident and electrocutes himself. The morning after when he wakes up he realises he can hear people thoughts. At first his very distressing to him, but he soon realises he can use this to his advantage.
Now he knows exactly what women want he adjusts his behaviour accordingly and suddenly he is every women's perfect man. However Nick does not want just any woman, he wants on called Darcy. She has never liked Nick so now he must convince her that he is a great guy and win her heart.
I like this film. I've always been a fan of both Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt so I quite enjoyed seeing them together on screen. There are some very funny moments in this film and Gibson pulls the role of very well. There is plenty of acting in this film, the two stars are backed up by some good cameos from other actors and it all works very well.
The music in the film fits really well with the story and really seems to stir your emotions and get you involved in the film. By the end of the film I was well and truly hooked and really loving the film.
The film runs for 127 minutes. There are a few times where the film is a little slow and maybe it does drag just a little. However having said that I was never really bored or looking at my watch, so maybe its not a bad thing that its this long.
The film is rated as 12. There is so swearing in there and some crude jokes that may offend a few people. But overall I would say its all pretty harmless and most people will be OK watching this film.
The DVD itself has a few features such as trailers and a few extra scenes. As I often say in my DVD reviews there is nothing on here that would make me dash out and buy a copy. Buy this for the film itself and not what's on the DVD.
Overall this is a really good film. Its very entertaining, there are plenty of laughs and its a good story. Its quite a simple concept but it works very well. The actors are excellent and the soundtrack fits nicely. If you have never seen this film its one that is perfect for a quiet night in with a bottle of wine. Go and get yourself a copy!
What Women Want is a romantic comedy about Nick Marshall, a man who seems to have absolutely no appreciation or understanding of how women's minds work. He's split from his partner, and his daughter Alex hates him and calls her stepdad 'dad' instead of him. At work he acts like a total chauvenist and when a new female is brought in above him to do a job he wanted, it really gets his goat (no animals harmed in the making...). Darcy McGuire is the new lady in charge, and first thing, she challenges the company's staff to come up with some advertising for women's beauty products in order to prepare them for the marketing of a new anti-wrinkle cream using a 'softer' approach. Well, Mr Big-Man is not a happy bunny (again, no animals...) and has no idea where to start. He thinks that trying everything on will help him understand women's minds, but after a painful waxing session and an embarrassing moment when his daughter and her boyfriend catch him in tights, he has an accident involving a bath and hairdryer. The next day he finds he can now hear all women's thoughts, and whilst he hears a lot of things he doesn't want to know, he also realises this could be very useful. He could get rid of the new girl, sort out his relationship with his daughter and probably get laid too, but is this really why he got that power?
This is an idealistic film that oversimplifies lots of different people's situations, and although that was necessary to make the film work at all, it left me feeling a bit that the film was painting a stereotype of all women, which I resent. On the other hand, there were some very nice messages behind the film, like how women go through a lot more than men realise and that sometimes people don't feel that we can tell people what we really think but perhaps men would respond differently to how we imagine. The film is funny in places, but just downright stupid in others. There were also some touching moments, especially between Nick and his daughter, but also for other characters. Slow starting, the pace picks up suddenly then seems to jump from one storyline to the next, so it's hard to develop any specific storyline fully, yet I guess we at least get what the film is trying to tell us.
At the start of the film, Mel Gibson made a very irritating chauvenist, yet the sort of person you know means well and also he was really funny at times with the disastrous things that happen to him. The strained relationship with his daughter is well emphasised by Alex's (Ashley Johnson) abrupt honesty and I actually felt quite sympathetic towards Nick during these scenes. Had he not shown this side of the character, I would probably not have liked him at all and lost interest in the film.
I quite liked Darcy, who was well played by Helen Hunt, known for her role in the sitcom Mad About You. Here she displays herself as sophisticated, intelligent and powerful, yet very feminine indeed. Looks probably shouldn't come into it, but I did like the choice of actress as someone who doesn't fit that perfect Hollywood look and yet is still romantically appealing. It would be nice to imagine there are some female role models out there like this, rather than the sexualised nonsense most girls idolise these days! I liked the fact that her character did not have to be overly passionate or dramatic to get her message across, and yet without her appearing weak I felt I could really relate to the things she was faced with.
There are numerous other characters that add to the variety of the film, including Nick's Secretary, the Coffee Shop girl who has a crush on him, a quiet girl who is secretly depressed and a bell-girl who thinks very naughty thoughts about Nick! The film goes a bit too far, because it seems like the city has a 90% female population after a while!
The classy appearance and style of the film was something I found quite appealing. The boardroom was everything except that cold hostility we often picture, which, in this case only seemed to radiate from Nick! In the office and at Nick's place, everything seemed so comfortable yet beautiful, an evironment you would like to work and live in. The film did show snapshots of those less well off and their struggles, but this was not really a focal point in the film. Music was mostly classic and jazzy styles, with the likes of Frank Sinatra to conjure up those romantic images, yet suddenly you can be thrown by Meredith Brooks screaming "Bitch" and Groove Armada "I see you baby".
This film really isn't aimed at teens or younger, and probably has a fairly narrow target audience of people in their 20s and 30s, early in their careers. Yet somehow, with the addition of the daughter's storyline and some of the slapstick humour used, it seems to be trying to pull in people much younger. The other strange thing is how it seems this film intends to send a message to men about how they view women, yet it is really not the kind of film that the type of male it hopes to address will watch. However, I learnt a few thngs about how women cope in a hostile working world, without losing integrity. With its sophistaced style, romance and creative career pictures, this could have been the ideal film for the modern young lady, yet this sits awkwardly with more raunchy, rude and silly scenes.
There are some sexual scenes, and some very vocal ones! Rude humour is mostly implicit but sufficient to cause embarrassment when watching with family! There's also a lot of strong language, mostly used in a funny way but sometimes overused. There are scenes of accidents and electric shocks that may affect some viewers - personally, I just don't like all the flashing lights.
The film isn't really about what women want, but more about how one selfish man has to learn to think of others' needs as well as his own for once. I find it a bit annoying that people always presume there is some specific way to make all women happy - when just like men, we are individuals too! Still, I didn't want to take this film too seriously and I think that's the best approach. There is a bit of humour that most people can appreciate, but I didn't feel that this was the kind of film that would have wide appeal, simply because it goes off in too many directions, trying to appeal to too many people, yet only the slushy 20-odd woman like me is really going to like it at all. I've seen it a couple of times but am in no real hurry to see it again, and would not have paid out good money for this film. It's bound to come on telly at some point, so I don't recommend renting or buying this one.
This film shows Mel Gibson at his comedy best when he teams up with Helen Hunt.
Mel plays a single father who is to be honest a bit of a womaniser. He works for an advertising company where he is hoping to get a large promotion. Unfortunately for him the job is instead given to a woman from a rival advertising firm - played by Helen Hunt. One of the first staff meetings chaired by Helen's character involves all the staff being given a box containing feminine items which they have to come up with new slogans for. This is because she believes the firm has not tapped into the female sector before.
This leads to a very funny episode where Mel tries to find out how the products work and so uses them on himself in his apartment. The end result is Mel Gibson wearing mascara, lipstick, trying to use wax strips while wearing tights - quite a sight! It is while he is trying to use these things that he loses his balance and falls into the bath tub whilst holding a hairdryer. The electric shock he receives gives him the ability to hear women's thoughts. Although this causes alarm at first, especially when he finds out the doorwoman fancies him and confusion when a group of women joggers run past him, he soon finds the postive. By reading his new boss's thoughts he can work out the right words to say and soon has a brilliant advertising pitch worked out. He also realises by reading women's thoughts he can get them on his side and romance soon happens between Mel and Helen. I don't want to spoil the ending for you but it is a typical chick flick which to be honest men might find amusing as well.
The soundtrack is amazing and features artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis Jr. My favourite song from the whole movie is Meredith Brooks's "Bitch".
A film well worth adding to your movie collection.
Mel Gibson is Nick Marshall the ultimate self absorbed bachelor. By day Nick is a 40 something year old advertising executive. By night hes a serial womaniser incapable of anything resembling a relationship lasting more than 12 hours.
Nick undergoes a bout of self inflicted electroconvulsive shock therapy in the form of electrocution by hairdryer whilst becoming at one with his feminine side and the intricacies of make up application as instructed by his superiors. Suddenly Nick can hear the thoughts inside womens heads and this isn't just restricted to women, it appears to apply to anyone and anything female. Unsurprisingly Nick finds this horrifically irritating, akin to having an angry swarm of bees within his skull. He attempts to eradicate he voices by repeating the sequence of events that led to this scenario but fails miserably. A visit to his psychiatrist convinces him that rather than being a form of torture this is actually a gift and he should learn to use it to his advantage and so Nick sets out to apply his new found talent to steal ideas from the women in his office to further his career and to enhance his performance between the sheets.
Its not all sweetness and light though. In and amongst the many thousand random thoughts that fill womens heads every minute of every day theres one shy office worker who feels worthless to the point of suicidal and Nick discovers this and does miniscule things which make her day to day life better.
After this it degenerates into a predictable chick flick with a large glug of romantic comedy thrown in. It's an easy to watch film with a cheesy feel good factor and the odd tear jerking moment thrown in for good measure. Some parts of it are funny, mostly its not. Women are not the make up obsessed airheads who spend their days wondering what they're going to watch on TV and obsessing about men and what men want. There aren't enough hours in the day for that.
Perhaps the best part of the entire film was the soundtrack which covered everything from Frank Sinatra to Meredith Brookes and dominates the film rather than acting as filler.
Nick Marshall is every woman's dream - a sexy and charming, hot-shot exec in an advertising agency. Yet he soon turns into a nightmare with his egotistical and arrogant nature and the fact that he thinks he's God's gift to women.
In a new advertising campaign, which needs the advertisers to delve deep into the minds of women, Nick ends up in a freak accident resulting in him having the ability to hear what women think. At first, hearing the voices of every single woman make Nick think he's going mad and he doesn't take kindly to finding out what the women around him truly think of him. But, after seeing a psychologist in a bid to get rid of his curse, the psychologist makes him see that he has been given a gift that he could use to his advantage.
So Nick takes on a positive new approach towards his 'gift', hoping to run to the beck and call of every woman's thoughts, making him look like a gentleman in the process. He also realises that he can use his gift to get forward in his career. He listens to the thoughts of Darcy McGuire, a new woman in the company who got the promotion he was after, and tells his boss about them using them as his own ideas. But, as always, love eventually gets in the way.
~ Cast ~
Nick Marshall - Mel Gibson
Darcy McGuire - Helen Hunt
Alex Marshall - Ashley Johnson
Lola - Marisa Tomei
It makes a change for Mel Gibson to be in a film that isn't packed with action but he does surprisingly well in this rom-com. His character is perfect and he plays it to a tee with a macho-ness and personality that has all the women running to him even though, to be honest, he's a bit of a pig. His actions and facial expressions are brilliant every time he hears a thought and I don't think anyone could have done it better.
Helen Hunt was also the perfect casting for her role as a career-minded and sophisticated woman. At first we kind of see her as a bit of a bitch, as she's taken Nick's dream job, but we soon realise that she's sensitive and friendly and sympathise with her when Nick steals her ideas.
The chemistry between the two main actors isn't the best I've seen but they do make a good couple on screen and they work very well together in the film.
Running next to the main storyline is also the addition of Nick's teenage daughter, Alex, who is currently dealing with all the usual teenage issues of boys, clothes and proms. Nick's never really been there for Alex but when he is suddenly given the gift of hearing women's thoughts this also includes his daughter's. Finding out about his daughter's bra size and when she intends to sleep with her boyfriend for the first time isn't really the sort of information a father should know. But when he hears her thoughts of how useless and embarrassing a dad he really is, we can only sympathise with him as he begins to try his hardest to make it up to her.
This isn't a hilarious rom-com and is nothing like the more recent comedies but it is one of those classic ones that you can watch over and over again and still find just as good. The film is filled with comical moments mainly surrounding the things that Nick hears about himself such as a scene when he is in the middle of a romantic liaison in bed with a woman and she thinks "Okay, lied about the grande". The women's thoughts are the things which provide most of the comedy and it's done very well with brilliant reactions from both the women and Nick regarding what they are thinking and saying.
The great thing about this film is that it is not only for girls to watch - my husband found it just as funny as me and he really enjoyed it. This is a great light-hearted and relaxing, romantic and funny film which I'd definitely recommend seeing.
Running time: 127 minutes
Certificate rating: 12
Director: Nancy Meyers
Release date: 2001
What Women Want sees Mel Gibson playing the part of Nick Marshall, a man who is popular with the ladies but intent on pleasing himself and never thinking of their feelings or focussing on their needs but when Nick is passed over for a job he was trying his hardest to get in favour of a woman named Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt) Nick gets indignant and goes on a male ego trip.
When one day Nick is blow drying his hair and accidently ends up in a full bath he is hit with an unusual side effect...he can hear womens thoughts which opens a whole new world of insight for him as he starts to realise maybe he is not the ladies man that he thought he was. Will Nick manage to use this new force for good or evil though and will he become a changed man?
This film was one I went into with really high hopes and I left feeling slightly underwhelmed with. The cast and acting quality throughout is great and the story is a well thought out one that was delivered well but for me personally the film lacked the hilarity I had been wanting and it felt like a slightly missed opportunity to me. The film is still a good watch and does deliver laughs but for me the laughs could have been bigger and more frequent than they actually were.
What Women Want is a romantic comedy which asks the question of what the world would be like if men could read womens' minds. It is from the viewpoint of one man who acquires this ability. It is a highly entertaining film, aimed mostly, but not exclusively, at teenagers and women of most ages. It's diversity allows it to be enjoyed by many different people.
Nick marshal (Mel Gibson) is a successful advertising exec who has the world and its women at his fingertips. Or so he likes to think. The world of advertising is fast becoming a woman's world and slick talking, chauvinistic, womanising nick is out of touch. Along comes Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). Darcy is hired by the ad agency for the position nick himself wanted, in a bid to win new clients from the undiscovered women's market.
Nick's problems are just beginning; to his dismay, a series of bizarre accidents allows nick to hear the thoughts of all the women around him. After seeing a psychiatrist, he decides to use his new power to his advantage, both personally and professionally.
The thing I love about this film, it that unlike so many romantic comedies, it actually has a different and interesting storyline. So many films now all seem to be variations of the same thing, but this film is thought provoking, as well as very funny. This film touches on the concept that men never know what women want, and women rarely enlighten them! By enabling Nick to hear the thought's of Women, it shows both the advantages and the disadvantages of this particular talent.
The acting is very good throughout the film, and the music just rounds it off wonderfully. It lasts for about two hours, and never gets boring! It's rated a 12 certificate.
I have to say I did love this film.
My mum took me to see it when I was about 14/15 and was going through a bit of a difficult stage (suffering from acne and having side affects from the medication). I think she actually only took me as - like most mums - she loves Mel Gibson, I remember her taking us to see Tarzan because he did the voice of a character (If thats right I could be confused) Anyway, I loved Mel's character in it, and the relationship he has with hiss daughter. Its a typical father daughter relationship at that age. She is thinking about her boyfriend and losing her virginity whilst her dad is thinking "My little girl is growing up and some filthy man is going to have his hands all over her".
I also loved Helen Hunt's character in it! I would be very scared if a man (or anyone) could listen to my thoughts as I do think about some very random film.
All in all this is a very good chick flick!
What Women Want is absolutely adorable. I takes you straight into the minds of women all around. Giving you an idea of what women are actually thinking about when they go about their day to day lives. This is a great film because it shows that all women think about different things. You can never really know exactly what every woman wants because all women want something different.
This movies takes the biggest chauvinist male named Nick Marshall, played fabulously by Mel Gibson. Nick is one of those men who thinks the WORLD of himself. He is in love with himself. He thinks anyone and everyone is in love with him, he can get any woman he wants, he can advance in his professional and social life at the speed of light. However, when Nick is involved in a freak accident when he wakes up he has the ability to hear what the women around him are thinking.
At first this freaks Nick out terribly and he searches for a way to get rid of this burden, but when he thinks about it and gets the opinion of a professional he realizes that this could be a gift from god that he can use to the fullest advantage. At first, Nick uses this newly found ability to get the things that he wants, but he soon begins to really listen to the women that he hears and learn from them. He beings to appreciate them for who they are on the inside instead of letting his main focus be what they look like on the outside.
This movie is about a man who has always judged women on the way they look who receives the ultimate gift and in turn realizes their is more to women than just their beauty. It is a heartfelt, funny, and very entertaining film that I highly recommend.
Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) is a slightly, no sorry make that very, chauvinistic advertising executive, who believes that he is God's gift to women and that he can do no wrong. He is up for promotion at the agency he works for, and he and many others are convinced that he will get the job, no contest. That is until his boss tells him he has hired Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). Darcy is a fantastic advertising exec, but she is a women and Nick cant quite believe what is happening.
Nick's private life has been turned upside down as well due to his daughter, Alex (Ashley Johnson) staying with him whilst her mum, his ex wife, is on her honeymoon.
One night, a freak accident happens (I wont delve into the how and the why, as that's one of the funniest parts of the film!) Nick finds that he can hear what women are thinking. He thinks he is going crazy at first, but a trip to his therapist (Bette Midler) convinces him that he can actually use all of this to his advantage. And so, Nick does. He uses it to get a date that he has wanted to for ages. But most of all he uses it to read his new bosses mind. He reads her thoughts and uses her ideas as his own, which causes a lot of tension and also Darcy to think that she just isn't good enough.
Along the way Nick falls in love with Darcy and also helps someone in the office (I wont tell you who as its another lovely little part of the film). All in all he uses his "gift" for good and it all ends up happily ever after!
I went to the cinema to see this film when it first came out and absolutely loved it. Mel Gibson is fantastic as Nick. He is just the right kind of smarmy, where you know he thinks he is being charming, but we actually know he is being a pig! I couldn't believe how funny he was in it either, its something that I never would have associated with him. But he was great.
The concept of how Nick is able to read women's minds does require you to suspend a slight amount of belief, however the actual story of the film is fantastic, and brilliantly thought out. Nick doesn't just decide "oh dear, I'm not a nice guy, I must change" things actually happen for him to realise this, and that he needs to think of other people.
The film has the right mix of humour and serious issues, but most of it is just clean, wholesome fun, that I adore.
There are so many good parts of the film. A couple of my favourites are when Nick has his accident (hilarious!), and when he starts hearing the thoughts of the women he is making love to.
This film is ok, it is not a classic, but it's not a bad film. Mel Gibson plays a great role as the hansom Nick Marshall who works in advertising.
The advertising company Nick works for employs a new woman to be Nick's boss, Darcy McGuire, Darcy is played by Helen Hunt, and Darcy is hired to bring a woman's perspective to the ad campaigns. Nick on the other hand is not impressed as he thinks that he knows all about women and there needs.
Nick then goes home one night to get a bigger perspective on what women want by sampling some products women use, whilst doing this he has an accident, which is when his problems begin, he can hear the thoughts of all the women around him. After consulting a psychiatrist played by Bette Midler.
Nick then decides to use his new power to his ability, so Nick uses his power to improve his love life as he can do exactly what any women wants him to do and in his work life by putting all the idea's that Darcy has to his boss as Nick can hear what Darcy is thinking before she utters the words off her lips. But Darcy is no pushover and romance soon begins.
This is a good film to watch, it does not require you to put too much thought into it and had romance and it's also quite funny in places, especially when he is sampling the products women use. This is a film that is worth a watch.
Firstly, I would like to point out that this is a film-only review, as I don't actually own the DVD, but I have seen the film on TV several times now.
Mel Gibson plays Nick Marshall, an advertising exec, who is looking forward to being promoted at the huge ad agency he works at. When Nicks boss announces that he has given the job to someone else, Nicks ego is bruised, but when he finds out that he is being replaced with a woman, he's totally outraged. Nick is a bit of a male chauvinist pig, and doesn't see what a woman can bring to the job that he can't.
Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt), the woman who got the job ahead of Nick, turns up on her first day and calls a meeting. She presents the predominantly male workforce with a box of products commonly used by women, including lipstick, stockings, a leg waxing kit and a tub of bath beads. She instructs them to all go home, choose one or more products from the box and come up with an advertising slogan for it.
Nick isn't used to being bossed about by a woman, so goes home and gets very drunk whilst trying out several of the products. This makes for some very funny scenes, as this bachelor who thinks of himself as being macho, applies lipstick, waxes his legs and puts on a pair of stockings! Unfortunately he then spills the tub of bath beads, prompting an unfortunate accident where he falls into a sink full of water, along with a hairdryer and gets electrocuted.
When Nick comes round the next morning, he discovers that this freak accident has actually given him the ability to hear women's thoughts! At first Nick is completely and utterly shocked by this, he completely freaks out, and confides in his best friend, who doesn't believe him (I mean, would you?) and thinks he has gone crazy. Nick even tries to electrocute himself to reverse the effects, but still it doesn't work. Desperate to rid himself of this new found ability, Nick rushes to see a counsellor. After proving to her that he can in fact hear every word she is thinking, she makes him realise that this is far from a curse, and is a fantastic gift -if he can hear what women want, then he can give it to them!
~What I thought~
A lot of times you see a trailer for a film and it has a few funny scenes in it, and when you actually go and see the movie, those funny scenes are the only ones in the entire film. I had expected this to be like that, but I was wrong, and found it consistently funny all the way through.
Mel Gibson is brilliantly cast as Nick, but I have to say that I was not impressed with Helen Hunt as Darcy. In some respects, she was good - the character came across harsh and cold, perhaps how you would expect a successful business woman to be, however I thought the on-screen chemistry between her and Mel Gibson was virtually zero. I didn't think the two characters were suited to each other at all, but this is the only place where I thought it failed.
Ashley Johnson who played Nick's daughter Alex also deserves a mention and was great as the teenage girl preparing for her prom, and despairing of her uncool dads interference.
All in all I thought this was a really good film, and although it sort of falls loosely into the rom-com genre, I think men will enjoy it just as much as women.
Running time: 127 min
This is currently available to buy on Amazon for £3.98
Director Nancy Meyers touches on chauvinism and the male ego in her 2000 film What Women Want. It is a comedy that surprisingly appeals to both sexes, although I'm sure there are men who will never admit to it!
Nick Marshall is the typical bachelor. A divorced man with a daughter coming of age, he has a high power job in advertising, and an ego to match. He meets his match in Darcy McGuire, who seemingly outshines him at work. Following a freak accident with a hair dryer and a bath full of water, Nick suffers an electric shock which leaves him being able to hear women's thoughts! Using this power, he quickly reinstates himself as a force to be reckoned with, but gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself learning what women really want!
The Cast and Performances
Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt have a beautiful acting combination here as Nick and Darcy. They compliment each other very well. Gibson very much has a niche when it comes to comedy, and I do find it slightly annoying that there is no variance in this acting. When it comes to comedy, he is the same in this film as he was for example as Riggs in the Lethal Weapn films or as Maverick in the title role. Yet this is still good acting, I just would have liked to have seen something different. Hunt is very good, but again her facial expressions do not vary much throughout her films. Compassion I guess is the word I would use.
However, I am being picky. They combine very well and the film flows very smoothly because of it.
The support cast is also very good, with the pick of the bunch going to Marisa Tomei as one of Nick's potential love interests.
A good film, definitely a chick-flick but with enough to interest men as well as women. Nacy Meyers directs very well, and the atmosphere of the film, while upbeat most of the film, changes perfectly when it needs to.
I was initially not keen on watching this, but was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing and the end of the film came quickly. It did not drag at all.
A middle of the road chick flick suitable for men too!
I rate this film as 3 stars.
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Ok, so I was somewhat sceptical about watching this film. The title spelled 'chick flick' and the Mrs was raving about it. Generally these are two bad signs when it comes to finding a good film. Still, I had promised her a night in front of the box, and this was what she wanted. With the football on, I needed some bargaining power @;-)
So what did I get?
The general plot of the film revolves around a guy who has a high powered job in an ad agency. He creates some of the best designs ever, but he seems to have lost his way a little. So the boss is looking to bring in some new talent. The job he thought he would get goes to someone else - a woman.
So he tries to prove he's better than her and tries on all sorts of womens make-up to get ideas for advertising. Having swigged a bottle of wine, he falls over into the bath with the hairdryer while wearing womens tights (I hate the American word Pantyhose) and suddenly he can hear exactly what women think.
Now this opens a real can of worms - and some great comedy moments. Walking down the street he hears what every woman is thinking as they go past him. But more importantly to the film, he hears the thoughts of his boss, his fellow workers and those closest to him. Indeed, we are treated to a superb sex scene where he has to try and have sex while listening to all the thoughts running through the womans head.
But the real question to the film relies on how he will use his new powers. Once he has gotten used to them, he realises that he has the opportunity to provide the best advertising possible to women. After all, what is better for market research, a woman writing what she wants, or a woman whose thoughts are read directly with no omissions......
To add a little spice to the equation, he also has to look after his 15 year old daughter during all this. Now who would really want to hear the thoughts of their 15 year old daughter when they catch her with the boyfriend? Well - it's prom time too, another chance for some great comedy moments.
I wouldn't doubt that you have all heard of Helen Pollock and Mel gibson, you could have been sure of a steady acting performance. Helen Pollock plays the new boss who has come into the role Mel Gibson thought was going to be his.
Personally, I feel that Helen put in a good steady performance (as she always does) but Mel Gibson was great in some places and a little suspect in others. He seemed to struggle getting into the role of a woman at times - and although I guess this would be true in real life, it detracted a little from his overall good performance. It was like he wanted to go for it and give a great performance, but this always runs risks of hammy acting sections. Although there, they are few and far between so well done Gibbo!
The support actors were also well played and the cooky coffee shop girl was just that - a cooky coffee shop girl. Interestingly, his daughter was also well played as she put up the 'arrogant teenager' act really well - and was capable of changing her modes very quickly. The actors don't make the film, but they certainly don't spoil it, which is all good.
THE SPECIAL FX:
There is no reason to include any special effects in this film - but then I remembered. Firstly, we have the rather understated electric shock scene when he drops the hairdryer in the bath (not exactly your action movie explosion, but the effects were both believable and good) and a couple of other electricity scenes as he tries to replicate the scenario to turn back (in lightning thunder storms - again, these were believable). Other than this, the film doesn't call for any amazing special effects, and thankfully they didn't ruin it by trying to put one in for the sake of it.,
THE CAMERA WORK:
I know there are films out there where one camera shot the entire first 15 mins (or so) of the film without pausing, and there is nothing like that here. But the camera work in this film does need some praise. Keeping the camera steady prevents sea sickness in the cinema (or your sofa) and steady is the middle name of the camera men for this one.
Praise must also go to the editing team, who let the camera moves flow rather than chopping and changing all the time during the same scene. Who wants to see 5 different angles of a kissing scene in 2 seconds? It would take away the emotion of the scene. So keeping it with one camera, focussed on the scene in question definitely works.
As a middle budget film from Hollywood, I wasn't expecting the latest pop stars to be belting out their tunes on this one. But having said that, the master, Frank Sinatra makes regular appearances in their record players (yes vinyl! - do we all remember that?). We also get some more modern music when the 15 year old daughter is around - so its all relevant. In fact, I was relatively surprised by the soundtrack. It's not one I would buy on CD or anything, but it does add to the film and gets you bouncing in places too. Heightens the emotions of the moments as music should when used well in a film.
OK, I am a bargain hunter and we all know that - but there is something about this film that would make me wait for a price drop before buying it. Fortunately, the Wide Screen version is already down to £4.97 on www.tesco.com/extra.
If you want to buy it as part of a box set - you can get this with two other films for £14.99. Hardly seems worth it when they are a fiver each anyway - but whatever floats your boat.
The extras on this DVD are pretty good, and this is coming from the man who has no real time fo extra's. We start with the trailers for the film, the adverts you would see on TV and at the cinema trying to get you to watch it. These are pretty standard and are the same as most films, nothing special.
However, you also get some interesting interviews with the cast and crew which is more than watchable. It can be boring in places though - depends on who they are interviewing at the time. A little way to pass a few minutes though.
The best part though is the interactive quiz. It's one of those multiple question jobs where you get asked a question and then choose the answer using your DVD remote. Not a bad little attempt at a game and it kept the kids amused for a while. They just thought it was great to be doing a quiz on the telly! If you ask me, more DVD's should have this as one of the extras as its something to actually get you involved.
Then we come to the usual Audio commentary that comes with all films these days, with the director and such telling you what they went for in the film and what they were trying to achieve. This can sometimes be interesting, but in this case it sort of bored me. Still, some may enjoy it.
Finally, we get a fifteen minute featurette about making the film (behind the scenes). This just doesnt make the cut for me and was again rather boiring, however, film buffs may enjoy it. There wasnt really anything in this one that I haven't seen in previous behind the scene featurettes though.
And thats your lot. In the end I was pleased with them, mainly with the interactive DVD quiz. It was the best addition I have seen yet, and the kids loved it. If only Disney would follow suit on a kids film - they would be hooked for hours!
This was a watchable film with funny bits in places. Its worth a watch and isnt a chick flick as I first expected. In actual fact, I think most blokes would find it an interesting take on what women think when walking down the street.
The Extra's are also pretty good, with the inclusion of an interactive DVD quiz that will keep any adult hooked for a good half hour and it kept the kids quiet too. I would have paid a fiver for the quiz on its own having seen how the kids took to it.
For less than a fiver on Tesco.com I would recommend it as great value for money - whether you have kids or not. It's not the best film ever, but it is well worth watching.