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What Women Want

Year: 2000
Studio: Paramount
Director: Nancy Meyers
Writer: Josh Goldsmith/Cathy Yuspa/Diane Drake
Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Alan Alda, Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer

This was Mel Gibson's last major appearance on a screen as either an actor or director before the renaissance that gave us Apocalypto, so in hindsight a romantic comedy was a cakewalk for him.

He plays chauvinistic ad exec Nick whose life is thrown into disarray when he can suddenly hear the thoughts of women nearby after a blow to the head. At first the voices drive Nick crazy, even frighten him. But when a rival creative director at his company, Darcy (Hunt) gets the promotion he wants, Nick starts to see how he can turn his new talent to his advantage before her thoughts make him see her - along with the rest of the gender - in a new light.

It's cute and sweet. Young or lesser actors would have been too eager and 'pretty' in the lead roles but in going for more mature, accomplished performers, director Meyers has ensured Gibson and Hunt share an easy chemistry that drives most of the film.

Lots of gags that plumb the depth of the idea and the leads' charm does the rest in a high rom-com concept that could have been bland in other hands.

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