What Women Want (2000)


“If you know what women want, you can rule! ” – J.M. Perkins

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Theater in 2001, 29 Aug 2009 and 17 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A womanizing ad exec gains the ability to hear women’s thoughts after a freak accident.

My Take on it – When this film came out around the turn of the Century, Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt were both hot items in Hollywood and someone had the idea of pairing them together.

The problem here is that the chemistry between the actors is completely lacking here and Gibson seems so out of his element in a romantic comedy role; he is a much better action hero than a man looking for love.

Ironically, his role as a womanizer seems to fit him quite well, even if he is the opposite in real life.

The premise here is a great one but there are too many mistakes made here with it that could have brought the serious message to the forefront instead of keeping things stuck on a humorous level.

That being said, many of the jokes work, but they remain jokes instead of trying to elevate the message to a more serious level.

Hunt is underused in the co-lead and her character seems too much like a caricature instead of a serious equal to Gibson’s character.

This is a prime example of a wasted great idea that could have done so much more for the message it tries to present.

Bottom Line – Great premise yet it doesn’t manage to be as eye opening as it possibly could have been. Gibson was cast every well as the lead here because it feels quite realistic for him to be in such a role.  Hunt is underused here and the chemistry between the two leads is a bit lacking.  The script is quite humorous but as stated earlier, it doesn’t use the premise well enough for its own good and a platform that could be used properly was wasted.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of two 2000’s releases starring both Mel Gibson and Logan Lerman, with the second film being The Patriot (2000). In this film, Lerman plays Gibson character as a child, while in the war epic he played one of Gibson’s sons. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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