What Women Want

Theatrical Release: December 15, 2000
What Women Want


After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. At first he uses this newfound gift to his advantage, but after a few poignant moments and after falling in love with the woman who got his job, he begins to really listen to what they are saying. It makes him a better person by film’s end.

Dove Review

Mel Gibson demonstrates a flair for comedy in this new Paramount release. It is a nice romantic film, diminished only by two irreverent uses of Christ’s name and a few minor obscenities evidently placed in the script to avoid the dreaded G-rating. Although it does contain a few crude sexual jokes, the film’s positive message is that it is important to listen to one another. Like George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” here, the lead also learns that the things we do and say can affect the lives of those around us. One question prevails, however: During this coming year, will irreverence toward God remain a staple in nearly every film genre, including the romantic comedy?

Content Description

Jesus 1, Christ 1, S-word 7, expletives 2, ass or assh--- 9 – Sex: one nude shot of Gibson, but with private parts covered; 1 crude sexual joke; a couple of sexual comments and innuendos; 1 sexual situation, but consisting only of kissing and groping – the lead smokes – occasional drinking, with the lead getting drunk twice – a psychiatrist smokes a joint before beginning her session with the lead – the lead electrocutes himself twice and is almost hit by a car in one scene.


Company: Paramount
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Nancy Meyers
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 123 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright