Women Want " on DVD
A Man's Hand Book?
by Johnny Bray
Every guy on Earth would like to know what women want.
Unfortunately, the problem lies in the fact that half the time, even
women dont know what they want.
One day, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) has a fortunate accident in which
he is given the power of hearing what women are thinking.
Im talkin real personal stuff; the stuff were
not supposed to hear, says Marshall.
Well duh. If we were supposed to hear it, they would say it as opposed
to think it. Of course, we are somehow supposed to know exactly what theyre
thinking anyway. And if we dont know, theyre not gonna tell
The movie starts off pretty well. Gibson plays a perfect chauvinist,
and its during the beginning that most of the laughs come about.
But it seems that as soon as Marshall gets his gift, it becomes a typical
romantic comedy. Okay, now and then you chuckle, but not enough
to make you thoroughly enjoy yourself. Not only that, but the plot becomes
the same as any other romantic comedy made in the last century.
Basically, man sees woman; man realizes hes in love with woman;
man screws up and loses woman; man searches far and wide to find woman;
woman doesnt want to have anything to do with man; man convinces
woman to change her mind; they live happily ever after.
Why is this the format for every romantic comedy? Really, the only difference
between movies of this genre is how the man and woman meet.
And sometimes, even thats the same.
Anyway, this movie follows the format to a T. Sometimes its funny
to watch Mel when hes listening to women and reacting to what theyre
thinking, but it gets tired after a while.
Aside from that, the subplot about Mel and Marisa Tomei only takes time
away from the story. And you never find out what happens to Tomei after
her fling with Gibson is over.
The subplot with Mel and his daughter is also clichéd. Daughter
thinks dad is a loser; dad tries to show daughter hes cool; daughter
thinks dad is lamer than before; daughter has bad experience with boyfriend;
dad comes to the rescue; dad cheers daughter up; daughter thinks dad is
What Women Want, admittedly, isnt all that bad. As long as youre
not expecting to laugh yourself stupid at a completely original concept,
you should probably enjoy it.
Especially if youre a woman, or in love with Mel Gibson (or both).
The movie is anamorphic, which is always a plus, presented in English
5.1 or Dolby Surround, or French Dolby Surround. Audio and video quality
are very good. There are two theatrical trailers, cast and crew interviews,
behind-the-scenes footage, and a commentary by Nancy Meyers & Jon
What Women Want, from Paramount Home Video
126 min. widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9 compatible, Dolby Digital
Starring Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda
Written by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa, Produced and Directed by
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