Friday, August 26, 2016

Movie review: What Women Want

Nick is a chauvinistic womanizer and advertising executive who thinks he knows what women want, but really doesn't. After a strange accident enables him to hear what women think, Nick realizes he was wrong. And that now he has almost unlimited power.

Mel Gibson (Nick), Helen Hunt (Darcy), Marisa Tomei (Lola), Alan Alda (Dan), Ashley Johnson (Alex), Mark Feuerstein (Morgan), Lauren Holly (Gigi), Delta Burke (Eve), Valerie Perrine (Margo), Judy Greer (Erin).

What Women Want begins with some background and plot setup before Nick is electrocuted, allowing him to hear what women think. From there the story is a silly, and infrequently emotional, roller-coaster comedy as Nick realizes the error of his ways and begins to find his humanity. Toss in a few odd characters and a focus on the workplace, and you have a 2 hour romantic comedy. Of course the film finishes with the necessary Happy Ever After ending and a lesson in morality.

Acting was fun with Gibson fitting and delivering his part well. Hunt was enjoyable as always and seemed to work well with Gibson. Tomei is absolutely wonderful at playing a crazy woman and fit the film perfectly. It was nice seeing Burke on screen again and she did well, as did the remainder of the cast. Greer, in a smaller role, managed it very well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good but not exciting. Action was mild but fitting and good. Dialogue was nice with some good comedy alongside the emotional moments. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

What Women Want is a bit campy at times but overall an enjoyable romantic comedy that lightly challenges audience morality here and there. Genre fans should enjoy this one. Those wanting depth and exploration may be slightly disappointed.

With some mild sexuality, mild profanity, and a couple of slightly frightening scenes, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2000
Reviewed: 8.8.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

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