What Women Want
- 2 hr 7 min
What Women Want is a romantic comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Mel Gibson plays Nick, an advertising executive who views women as playthings and nothing more. One day, the firm Nick works for decides to hire a woman to lead the firm in an attempt to get more advertising dollars from women. Helen Hunt plays Darcy, Nick’s new boss. Nick is very upset by having Darcy as his boss. In addition, he is facing conflict at home as his daughter is staying with him while his ex-wife is out of town. Nick wants his daughter to obey all his rules but she chafes at his authority. One day, Nick falls in his shower and electrocutes himself. When he wakes up, he discovers that he is now magically able to read women’s thoughts. He is soon amazed to find out what it is that women want and think. Nick is also shocked to discover how the women in his life really feel about him. His daughter is disgusted and embarrassed by him. His boss, Darcy, thinks he’s a bore and an idiot. The women in the park and coffee shop think he is pathetic when he tries to pick them up. Once Nick gets over feeling bad, he realizes that he can use his newfound ability to boost his advertising career. He now knows how to pitch products to women that will make them want to buy them. Nick also uses his ability to begin a love affair with Darcy. The two of them are teamed up to do an ad campaign and Nick steals Darcy’s idea before she has had a chance to articulate it. She is fired. Nick realizes that he has messed up and confesses to her. She is then rehired and the two begin to work as a team.