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What Women Want

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Nancy Meyers

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Plot Summary

A man finds himself getting an unexpected crash course in the psychology of contemporary women in this romantic comedy. Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) is a successful advertising executive living in Chicago who has long fancied himself a ladies' man, though he has precious little understanding of women beyond figuring out how to seduce them. One day, Nick receives a substantial electric shock in an accident in his bathroom; while he's not seriously injured, when he comes to, he discovers something remarkable has happened — he can suddenly hear what women are thinking. At first, Nick finds himself learning all sorts of things he didn't want to know, but he also realizes how this can be used to his advantage — especially after his old boss, Dan Wanamaker (Alan Alda) is replaced by a woman, Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt). But Nick begins to feel differently about his unusual gift when he discovers Darcy is infatuated with him, and he finds himself falling for her. What Women Want also features Bette Midler as Nick's analyst, Delta Burke and Valerie Perrine as two of his co-workers, and Marisa Tomei as one of Nick's significant others.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 121
  • Fresh: 65
  • Rotten: 56
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: That the movie is made by a woman who can challenge any male filmmaker on Earth for ham-handed direction connotes some kind of sexual equality. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: While Nick comes to appreciate women in all their complexity and depth, the movie is only interested in them as props and tools to aid in his eventual enlightenment. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Hunt] elevates what might have been a cute, familiarly plotted movie into a romance with real heart, sweetness and genuine emotion. – Steven Rosen, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: For a while, anyway, it's very funny. – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the best romantic comedies

I can't count how many times I have seen this...If your a romantic at heart, you will love this movie. It is funny, it makes you cry for the underdog and you laugh all the while. Each time I see this I get something out of it. Not Boring at all... I think men would love to know what women are thinking... Great name too.

Very good

this is a very funny movie, definitley worth the money

Funny and Romantic

I love this movie it is so funny and romantic I mean Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson are perfect for this movie I have no idea why anyone wouldnt buy this. If you need something to cheer you up buy this movie. Even though it is an old movie you should definitely buy it. I LOVE IT!!!!!

What Women Want
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2001

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