A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Issues like depression, as well as teen sex.
Positive Role Models
The lead character learns to be more genuinely empathetic to women, whereas before he seemed to see them as sex objects to conquer.
Violence & Scariness
One of the characters is suicidal; lead character believes that she's about to attempt suicide and tries to stop her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead character enters his apartment to find his teenage daughter reclined on couch with older teen boy; boy is reaching for her breasts. One-night stands. During sex scene: noises, talk about the character's penis. After gaining ability to read women's minds, lead character uses this ability to manipulate a coffee barista that he has a crush on into sleeping with him. Lead character tries talking to his teen daughter about possible consequences of rushing into having sex with her boyfriend; this boyfriend -- he's 18 and she's 15 -- is using her prom night as a way to get her to have sex with him.
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"S--t," "a--hole," "pr--k," "bitch," "crap." Character makes masturbation gesture with his hand. Sex joke made in the workplace.
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Products & Purchases
The lead characters work as executives in an advertising firm trying to come up with a winning ad campaign for Nike. Also talk of an ad campaign for Advil.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character smokes cigars throughout movie. In many scenes, he binge-drinks wine out of a bottle in his apartment. Cigarette smoking throughout. Martini drinking. Lead character finds pills belonging to co-worker in her apartment and believes she has taken an overdose in order to kill herself.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What Women Want is a 2000 romantic comedy in which Mel Gibson is a sexist ad executive who gains the ability to read women's minds. Initially, Gibson's character uses this ability to manipulate a coffee barista he has a crush on into having sex with him. He makes inappropriate jokes about women and sex while in the workplace. He walks in on his teen daughter reclined on the couch with her boyfriend as the boyfriend is about to touch her breasts. It's later revealed that the boyfriend, who is 18, is trying to use the prom as a way to coerce the lead character's daughter, who is 15, into having sex with him. The lead character tries talking to his daughter about sex and why it's important to understand the consequences. Some profanity is heard: "s--t," "a--hole," "pr--k," "bitch," and "crap." Cigarette smoking occurs in many scenes. The lead character smokes cigars throughout the movie and is often shown getting drunk on wine in his apartment. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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