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What Women Want Review

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Gibson, in a disarmingly nimble, fast break performance, makes Nick's new hyperempathy look like the essence of virile panache.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If the movie is imperfect, it's not boring and is often very funny, as in a solo dance that Nick does in his apartment, to Frank Sinatra singing "I Won't Dance."

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  • 75

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Yummy yet empty.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune

    Delivers on the promise of its playful premise, thanks to some sly gender role reversals and Gibson's willingness to play along.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Gibson keeps this movie afloat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has stronger language than indicated by the previews. Nick manipulates the waitress into having sex with him by reading her thoughts. He's apalled to hear her thoughts in bed and find out what a poor lover he is. So he listens to her thoughts and is able to give her an extraordinary experience which leaves her deeply touched. He then forgets all about her until she confronts him a week later. He take the only out he can think of to explain why he had not called her -- he tells her that he's gay.

  • Families can talk about whether it is hard for men and women to figure each other out, and how they can do better. They may also want to talk about the pressure Nick's 15-year-old daughter feels to have sex with her 18-year-old boyfriend and how she decides what to do about it. They should also talk about how a small act of kindness can be very important to someone who is coping with depression. (But make sure that children know that clinical depression is a serious illness that cannot be "cured" by a few kind words.)

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Comic peril, suicidal character.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, one-night stands, discussion of teen sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character drinks a lot, character smokes pot when stressed.