What Women Want

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) is a mans man, which means he mostly sees women as sexual objects. Of course, hes a top advertising executive specializing in products geared to men, usually featuring beer, sports, and bikinis. But his company is in last place for womens products, so his boss passes over promoting Nick to hire Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). Nick is less than thrilled to be working for a woman, no matter how attractive, and Darcy seems impervious to his charms. But a shocking accident with a bathtub and hair dryer gives Nick the power to hear womens thoughts. At first, by reading Darcys thoughts about advertising ideas, Nick plots to steal her ideas and reclaim his position, as well as improving his seduction techniques. But he learns some surprising things about what women really think about and some disturbing ideas in his teenage daughters mind. Men and women alike will enjoy this hilarious trip of discovery as Mars learns to understand Venus.

Nicks attitude is partially explained by scenes of growing up backstage with his Las Vegas showgirl mother. Skimpy costumes and women treated as entertainment carries through to advertising campaigns featured on his office wall posters. But with his job at stake, he humorously tries to get in touch with his feminine side by trying such products as leg wax and pantyhose. However, what could be a delightful Tracy-Hepburn style comedy of gender differences, focuses instead on sexual desire by both. Numerous sexually suggestive and sexually explicit comments, along with one graphically implied scene, push the PG-13 limit. With typical double standards, Nick wants his teenage daughter to avoid the premarital sexual encounters he seeks. But Nick also learns to appreciate women as he tries to become more tuned to their feelings. He even admits being gay to avoid hurt feelings and shows concern for one womans suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, sensitive understanding loses out to vocal objections and sexually inappropriate material.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (16) times - Mild 2, moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (13) times - F-word 1, s-word 8, other 4

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 6 (G 4, J, C); Exclamatory 8 (OG)

Violence: Few times Moderate (electrical shock, fall on floor, lightning strike)

Sex: Once graphically implied (couple in bed w/explicit comments)

Nudity: Near Nudity Several times (skimpy Las Vegas costumes, bikini posters, look down womans blouse, couple under sheets, nude man on toilet no genitals shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (thong underwear picked up from floor, man brushes stain on womans sweater, innuendo & slang references to sex/ genitals, man makes motion for self-gratification, teens kissing on couch/ hand up sweater, sensual kissing, man in womens exercise class, teen thinks about losing virginity, woman looks at mans crotch)

Drugs: Wine and alcohol drinking, cigar/cigarette smoking, marijuana cigarette smoked, drunken behavior

Other: Premarital sex condoned, man concerned about daughter having sex, psychiatrist uses drugs, man concerned about womans suicidal thoughts, man learns to listen to women and provide advice, teen changes mind about sex, anatomical term terms for mans genitals, man admits truth

Running Time: 123 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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