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Sunday, October 30, 2005

What Women Want (2000)

Mel Gibson stars as Nick, an arrogant ad exec who has always been catered to by women from the time he was a kid. Guy never learned that the world doesn't work like that, nor revolve around him. It looks like he's on the rise at work, until Darcy (Helen Hunt) is hired for the position he wanted to be promoted into. One night, Nick has an accident in his apartment. When he wakes up, he discovers to his horror that he can read the thoughts of women. Once Nick gets over being freaked out, he figures he can use his new skill to his advantage. He sets out to make Darcy look incompetant, but that becomes harder to do once he finds himself falling for her.

Not a bad comedy, but they could have taken it in so many directions. Nick does learn something about women due to his mind-reading, but the writers don't go much further than making him a little more sympathetic to women's feelings. A subplot has him coming to the rescue of a depressed co-worker who doesn't feel valued at the job or elsewhere. Another side story has him trying to save his teenaged daughter's honor before she gives it up at the prom.

The soundtrack is killer, Rat Pack retro, including cuts from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bobby Darin.


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