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What Women Want (Review)
What Women Want (DVD)
Member Name: dyllymoo
What Women Want (DVD)
Advantages: Great story, fantastic film all round!
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.
Summary: Great story, fantastic film all round!