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'WHAT WOMEN WANT': A MILLENNIUM 'PILLOW TALK'

"What Woman Want" is Mel Gibson's latest installation in a movie year brimming
with his influence. From "The Patriot" to "Chicken Run," Gibson seems to be hovering at the top of his game – again.
In "What Women What," Gibson plays Nick Marshal, a man-child raised by and among the Showgirls of 1960s Las Vegas. Consequently, he ages to become a wise cracking, womanizing, man's-man of an advertising executive heading up a successful Chicago agency. Marshal's masculine centric world topples when
his certain promotion is usurped by a female contemporary Darcy Maguire, played by Helen Hunt. Gibson and Hunt are then coupled to collaborate on an add campaign selling women's running shoes by Nike. The client wants a probing insight into the unique and daily concerns of half the population, the half Gibsons character has never considered till now. Introduce an unexpected and prolonged visit by Marshal's estranged and sophisticated teenage daughter played very well by Ashley Johnson and Marisa Tomei as the desperate and conflicted siren of lust, and we have the players.
In his secret attempt to save his position by uncovering what women want, Gibson dons women's undergarments and cosmetic accessories hoping to tap into all things feminine. Instead he clumsily waxes his legs, runs a stocking, smears his lipstick, embarrasses his daughter in front of her boyfriend and then trips into a running bath, electrified by a woefully misused hair dryer. After some magical twinkling music, Gibson awakens to find that he is able to hear the private thoughts of the women in his life. From here begins a predictable series of plot and character advancements punctuated occasionallyby scenes and performances that really work. Marisa Tomei plays a conflicted and emotional baggage toting actress/coffee house wench who is constantly avoiding Gibson's suave advancements. She gives her funniest performance here since winning the supporting actress academy award for "My Cousin Vinnie." Helen Hunt continues to beguile despite her often un-insightful dialogue.
Director Nancy Meyers succeeds if only by allowing these stars to do what they do best; charm our pants off.
Make no mistake, this is Mel's movie. He gracefully abandons his weaponry and gallant motives of the movies that made him a star to make his bid for middle aged romantic leading man. He succeeds by throwing him self, quirk and all, into his version of a Fred Astaire movie musical.
So if you can stomach those shinny and manipulative stories about rich people
struggling comically though stereotypic and underdeveloped ethical dilemmas
that culminate in the pseudo-illumination of an American gender conflict, then this movie is for you.
And to be expected this time of year. 'Tis the Season.
Starring- Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Lauren Holly, Alan Alda,
Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein, Delta Burk and Valerie Perrine
Directed by Nancy Meyers. Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa.

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"What Woman Want" is Mel Gibson's latest installation in a movie year brimming
with his influence. From "The Patriot" to "Chicken Run," Gibson seems to be hovering at the top of his game – again.
In "What Women What," Gibson plays Nick Marshal, a man-child raised by and among the Showgirls of 1960s Las Vegas. Consequently, he ages to become a wise cracking, womanizing, man's-man of an advertising executive heading up a successful Chicago agency. Marshal's masculine centric world topples when
his certain promotion is usurped by a female contemporary Darcy Maguire, played by Helen Hunt. Gibson and Hunt are then coupled to collaborate on an add campaign selling women's running shoes by Nike. The client wants a probing insight into the unique and daily concerns of half the population, the half Gibsons character has never considered till now. Introduce an unexpected and prolonged visit by Marshal's estranged and sophisticated teenage daughter played very well by Ashley Johnson and Marisa Tomei as the desperate and conflicted siren of lust, and we have the players.
In his secret attempt to save his position by uncovering what women want, Gibson dons women's undergarments and cosmetic accessories hoping to tap into all things feminine. Instead he clumsily waxes his legs, runs a stocking, smears his lipstick, embarrasses his daughter in front of her boyfriend and then trips into a running bath, electrified by a woefully misused hair dryer. After some magical twinkling music, Gibson awakens to find that he is able to hear the private thoughts of the women in his life. From here begins a predictable series of plot and character advancements punctuated occasionallyby scenes and performances that really work. Marisa Tomei plays a conflicted and emotional baggage toting actress/coffee house wench who is constantly avoiding Gibson's suave advancements. She gives her funniest performance here since winning the supporting actress academy award for "My Cousin Vinnie." Helen Hunt continues to beguile despite her often un-insightful dialogue.
Director Nancy Meyers succeeds if only by allowing these stars to do what they do best; charm our pants off.
Make no mistake, this is Mel's movie. He gracefully abandons his weaponry and gallant motives of the movies that made him a star to make his bid for middle aged romantic leading man. He succeeds by throwing him self, quirk and all, into his version of a Fred Astaire movie musical.
So if you can stomach those shinny and manipulative stories about rich people
struggling comically though stereotypic and underdeveloped ethical dilemmas
that culminate in the pseudo-illumination of an American gender conflict, then this movie is for you.
And to be expected this time of year. 'Tis the Season.
Starring- Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Lauren Holly, Alan Alda,
Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein, Delta Burk and Valerie Perrine
Directed by Nancy Meyers. Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa.