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What Women Want

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Slightly dated romcom has sex, cursing.

Movie PG-13 2000 127 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Really outstanding romcom, even if you don't like romcoms

I am not a fan of romantic comedies (romcoms), but this one really hit home. It was funny, fresh, and original. Parents: there is a lot of really strong and explicit sexual material here. I'm surprised this wasn't R. There's actual sex scenes, partial nudity, and explicit sexual references, all accompanied with language. What I would have rated it: R for Sexual Content and Language. Bottom Line: This movie is perfect for a date night, and then any other night. Thanks for reading! - Movie Man

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Mel Gibson shows us just what women want in his first-ever romantic comedy. Whether he's dancing to Frank Sinatra in his apartment, watching his daughter try on prom dresses, or just reacting to snippets of thoughts he hears from girls, women, and even female dogs as he walks down the street, he's delightful. He has the physical grace of a leading man and the timing and unselfconsciousness of a comic. The script sags in places, and the sexist office scenes are terribly dated, but Gibson keeps the movie floating in the clouds.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 15, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: September 26, 2017
  • Cast: Helen Hunt , Marisa Tomei , Mel Gibson
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 127 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content and language
  • Last updated: February 21, 2024

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