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What Women Want (2001)



Critic Consensus: Even though Gibson is a good sport in his role, What Women Want is a rather conventional, fluffy comedy-romance that doesn't make good use of its premise.

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Movie Info

After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Nancy Meyers
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
Box Office: $181.5M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Helen Hunt
as Darcy McGuire
Mel Gibson
as Nick Marshall
Alan Alda
as Dan Wanamaker
Ashley Johnson
as Alexandra Marshall
Ana Gasteyer
as Sue Cranston
Andrea E. Taylor
as Inner Voice Actress/...
Bette Midler
as Dr. J.M. Perkins
Andrea Taylor
as Inner Voice Actress/...
Eric Balfour
as Cameron
John Frazier
as Truck Driver
Joe Petcka
as Man on Street
Brian Callaway
as Man on Street
Coby Goss
as Man on Street
Christian Michel
as Man on Street
Perry Cavitt
as Ogling Man
Crystal McKinney
as Unimpressed Woman
Jeanine Renick
as Unimpressed Woman
Kathrin Lautner
as Gigi's Friend
Logan Lerman
as Little Nick
Kelly Cooper
as Showgirl
Palmer Davis
as Showgirl
Katie Miller
as Showgirl
Dana Waters
as Nick's Mom
Gregory Cupoli
as Male Role Model
Aviva Gale
as Counter Girl
Shirley Prestia
as Coffee Shop Customer
TJ Thyne
as Coffee Shop Customer
Audrey Wasilewski
as Secretary with Danis...
Angela Oh
as Dan's Secretary
Chris Rolfes
as Woman in Park
Katie Kneeland
as Woman in Park
Jeanine O'Connell
as Woman in Park
Kelley Hazen
as Woman in Park
Brooke Elliott
as Woman in Park
Kristina Martin
as Woman in Park
Harmony Rousseau
as Sloane/Curtis Recept...
Lisa Long
as Sloane/Curtis Execut...
Heidi Helmer
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Marla Martensen
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Sally Meyers-Kovler
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Ashley Quirico
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Regan Rohde
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Liz Tannenbaum
as Marshall Field's Sho...
LeShay Tomlinson
as Marshall Field's Sho...
Cristine Rose
as Sloane/Curtis Attorn...
Arden Myrin
as Darcy's Assistant
Rachel Duncan
as Alex's Friend
Alex McKenna
as Alex's Friend
Regiane Gorksi
as Yoga Instructor
Juliandra Gillen
as Woman in Library
Lisa Anne Hillman
as Woman in Library
Tracy Pacheco
as Woman in Library
Ashlee Turner
as Woman in Library
Jamie Gutterman
as Jogger by Lake
Maggie Egan
as Kitchen Secretary
Juanita Jennings
as Kitchen Secretary
Robin Pearson Rose
as Kitchen Secretary
Hallie Meyers-Shyer
as Girl at Lunch Counte...
Laura Quicksilver
as Girl at Lunch Counte...
Kate Asner
as Woman at Lunch Count...
Caryn Greenhunt
as Woman at Lunch Count...
Jennifer Greenhut
as Woman at Lunch Count...
Marnie Mosiman
as Woman at Lunch Count...
Sierra Pecheur
as Woman at Lunch Count...
Nnenna Freelon
as Nightclub Singer
Nancy Monsarat
as Nike Executive
Jacqueline Thomas
as Nike Executive
Rory Rubin
as Nike Executive
Chris Emerson
as Mail Room Kid
Gertrude Wong
as Woman in Chinatown
Andi Eystad
as Girl at Prom
Thomas Webb
as Alexandra Marshall
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News & Interviews for What Women Want

Critic Reviews for What Women Want

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (35)

Gibson keeps this movie afloat.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

English's attempts to fit The Women into a modern setting are intelligent, but that, unfortunately, does not suffice, because the film is so limp in so many other ways.

November 12, 2008
Los Angeles CityBeat

Mel Gibson is at his most megawatt movie star charming.

Full Review… | October 14, 2007

Though it isn't quite Oscar material, Mel Gibson gives what may be the most entertaining big-star performance of its year.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

What Women Want may seem like a one-note sitcom sort of movie, but it's funnier and a layer or two deeper than that.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

Takes a promising idea and buries it under subplots and speeches that don't know when to quit.

Full Review… | June 17, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for What Women Want

Unintentionally uncomfortable film that asks we accept the premise that the only real conversation between the sexes can happen when pigs can fly...uhh, I mean when men can read women's minds. Nice chemistry between the leads but; Alan Alda: wasted. Delta Burke: wasted. Marisa Tomei: wasted.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A great romantic comedy!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A clever romantic comedy in which we see Mel Gibson playing Nick Marshall, a chauvenistic advertising executive (a role that is probably close to his real life persona)who takes what he wants and has little regard for the people around him, notably the women. His life is turned upside down when his promotion is snatched from under him by the employment of Darcy Maguire, a smart, attractive female with a reputation that could rival his own.

While trying to adjust to the new woman rule at work, an accident leaves Nick with the abolity to read the minds of all the women he comes into contact with, equipping him with the tools to better control his family, sex and most importantly work life.

An interesting concept that is well executed with a good on screen chemistry between Gibson and Hunt. Another one that falls into the category of 'girls films for guys' and is worth a watch whatever your sex.

"If you know what women want, you can rule! "

Christopher Alcock

Super Reviewer

What Women Want Quotes

Darcy Maguire: Oh, I just looked at his crotch again!
– Submitted by Jed G (4 years ago)

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