What Women Want (2000)
USA / French
"He has the power to hear everything women are thinking. Finally... a man is listening.
"After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.
Hilarious! A laugh a minute!
Mel Gibson is known as sort of a macho action hero, and stereotyped into his
Mad Max/Martin Riggs persona. But I've noticed (except for "Braveheart" and
"The Patriot") he injects comic relief into almost anything he does. So
doing a straight comedy doesn't seem like much of a stretch, and as you
watch in a movie like this Gibson's timing and delivery is impeccable. On
and off the camera, he has an incredible sense of humor, and he probably
improvised some featured gags.
The premise is very original and interesting. A guy who can hear a woman's
every thought? That's pretty much every man's fantasy. And the premise is
used wisely. I laughed the whole way through! It's hilarious to watch
Gibson emasculating himself by the minute, and the joke never runs dry.
I was laughing so much that I was able to tolerate the film's corny ending.
I mean, when is a romantic comedy going to come along that doesn't feature a
formulaic ending that is supposed to make people leave the theater and go
The supporting cast is full of big stars. Bette Midler has an amusing cameo
as a chain-smoking shrink. I only wish she could've had some additional
"What Women Want" is an original, feel-good comedy that will have you on the
floor! This not a "chick flick." If you want to laugh--this is the movie
to see! No questions asked!
My score: 8 (out of 10)
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