What Women Want

Nick Marshall: Mel Gibson
Darcy McGuire: Helen Hunt
Lola: Marisa Tomei
Dan Wanamaker: Alan Alda
Alexandra ‘Alex’ Marshall: Ashley Johnson
Morgan Farwell: Mark Feuerstein
Gigi: Lauren Holly
Eve: Delta Burke
Margo: Valerie Perrine
Erin: Judy Greer
Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Nancy Meyers. Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. Running time: 127 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for sexual content and language).

Central Theme
If men want to know what women want, they need to listen and observe and women will tell them.

Mel Gibson stars as Nick Marshall, a chauvinistic ad executive who thinks he’s next in line for a top job at his Chicago agency. When his boss passes him over for Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt), Nick is ordered to try and understand a woman’s perspective. This is not going to come easy for Nick, who was raised in Las Vegas by a doting showgirl and has built a career on macho man ad campaigns. Nick experiments with lip-gloss, eye shadow, pantyhose and exfoliation, but still can’t put himself in a woman’s mind. However, after a freak electrocution accident, Nick discovers he has powers to hear what all women think. He uses this newfound skill to market products for women, in the hopes that he will replace Darcy as the creative director. What he doesn’t expect is to develop a genuine affection and sympathy for women like Darcy, his daughter and other women in his life who he has mistreated through the years.

Beliefs num
–Men have no clue what women want.
–If men actually listen to women and try to ‘hear’ them, they will understand them better.
–What we think people are thinking isn’t always what they are really thinking.
–Women will often say the opposite of what they really feel.
–Despite claims of equality, men don’t like to have women supervising them, and they view successful career women as ‘hard’ and aggressive.
–Above all else, women want to be listened to.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Are many men really that clueless in their understanding of women?
–Why is hard for men and women tosee things from each other’s point of view? Is it important for men and women to understand the opposite gender?
–Do women really say the opposite of what they are really thinking, and if so, why?
–Do most women really think a lot of guys are ‘schmucks’? Do they communicate these feelings to the men? To other women?
–Even if we can’t read minds, are there ways to be more perceptive and empathethic to the opposite gender?

Provocative Quotes byline
–There’s way too much estrogen on television these days.
==Nick, frustrated with trying to market products for women
–What’s the difference between a wife and a job? After 10 years a job still sucks.
==Nick (in his pre-electrocution ‘piggishness’)
–I’m the maneating bitch Darth Vader of the ad world.
–You talk to me like a woman, you think like a woman. Nick, come on, admit it. You’re totally and completely gay!
–What, are you officially a woman now?
==Morgan to Nick
–I can see elegant parties…
You can see all that?
Well, maybe you’re naked and I’m the only guest, but it’s still elegant.
==Nick, raising, then squashing, Darcy’s hopes that he has some sensitivity
–It’s never too late to do the right thing. That’s what I’ll do, I’ll go over there and do the right thing.
–I had to see you.
==Nick to Darcy
–Have you ever done that, taken the wrong road? Of course not, you wouldn’t do that, somebody like me does that.
–What kind of knight in shining armor would I be if the man I love needs rescuing and I just let him walk out my door?

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