What Women Want

December 15, 2000 0 By Fans
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After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.3/10 (79,565 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Nancy Meyers

Stars: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei

Nick, a somewhat chauvinistic advertising exec hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the very woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way…

Writers: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa


Mel Gibson

Nick Marshall

Helen Hunt

Darcy Maguire

Marisa Tomei


Alan Alda

Dan Wanamaker

Ashley Johnson

Alex Marshall

Mark Feuerstein

Morgan Farwell

Lauren Holly


Delta Burke


Valerie Perrine


Judy Greer

Erin the File Girl

Sarah Paulson


Ana Gasteyer

Sue Cranston

Lisa Edelstein


Loretta Devine

Flo the Doorwoman

Diana Maria Riva


He has the power to hear everything women are thinking. Finally… a man is listening.

Release Date: 15 December 2000

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000


Opening Weekend: $33,614,543
(17 December 2000)
(3012 Screens)

Gross: $374,111,707

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The Nike representatives are in fact the real Nike ad representatives and not actresses.


Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
When Nick Marshall thinks he is going crazy and consults with his therapist, we see him enter the counseling office. The plaque on the door indicates that the therapist (Bette Midler) is a MA with a MFCC emphasis. He refers to her as Dr. Perkins. However, master's level therapists are not legally called doctors. They are known as psychotherapists. The only doctors who can conduct therapy are Ph.Ds, Psy.Ds, and MDs.


[first lines]

You know the expression, "a man's man". A man's man is the leader of the pack, the kind of man other men look up to, admire, and emulate. A man's man is the kind of man who – just doesn't get what women are about.

Nick, my ex-husband, is the ultimate man's man. I probably never should have married him. I don't think he understood a thing about me.

User Review

For all us guys.

Rating: 7/10

A man suddenly finds himself able to read women's minds and actually
know what women want from men.Now,what guy doesn't want to be in that
position? This was a terrific idea for a film and it was executed to
perfection.Who better than Mel Gibson to represent us in this
situation? He's the one man women probably wish understood them.At any
rate,Gibson really turns on the Gibson charm here and there's not a
better film in which to do that.Helen Hunt makes a great leading lady
and is her usual charming self.Also,from the supporting cast,it's
always great to see Alan Alda,one of the most underrated actors of our
time.This film starts with a very unique,funny idea,and it does not
disappoint in terms of how good it can be executed.Well casted,well
directed and very funny film.