What Women Want (2000) doesn't live up to its title, but it's a helluva entertaining watch. This is my favorite Nancy Meyers flick, the second being The Intern (2015).
The plot follows Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), a chauvinistic executive who after a freak accident, attains the power to read women's minds. This especially comes in handy when his new boss is a woman embodied brilliantly by Helen Hunt.
Acting is the best factor with Gibson and Hunt sharing undeniable chemistry, even before they realize it in the frames. The supporting cast of Alan Alda, Marisa Tomei and Ashley Johnson make for an intriguing addition.
The movie succeeds in being a one-of-a-kind rom-com. It's equally romantic as it is comic. The complete 2 hours are fun. And even though the title is biased, it still has plenty to offer for both genders.
One negative part was how it took the venture a little too long to build up. The introductory half hour is slow. But after this period there are a ton of laughs. When Nick gets his ability it's all downhill from there.
Nick's final speech is unforgettable. Mel Gibson has totally outdone himself with this portrayal. He's both handsome and charming - qualities modern cinematic Casanovas lack!
In the end, What Women Want doesn't necessarily answer that question for us men, but it gives us a unique outlook on what both sexes want. And it's one of the best romantic comedies out there.
The Rating: 3.5 out of 4.
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