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WHAT WOMEN WANT

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Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt star in "What Women Want," a Paramount Pictures and Icon Productions presentation of an Icon/Wind Dancer production, of a film by Nancy Meyers, produced and directed by Meyers. Also starring in the romantic comedy are Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly and Alan Alda. The screenplay is by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa, and the story is by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake. Also producing are Matt Williams, Susan Cartsonis, Gina Matthews and Bruce Davey. The executive producers are Stephen McEveety, David McFadzean and Carmen Finestra, and the co-producer is Bruce A. Block. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music.

"What Women Want" is a romantic comedy starring Mel Gibson as a man who doesn't quite know what to make of his newfound powers. For the first time in his life, he becomes unglued. He's also stunned to find out that not only is he not God's gift to women, but every woman in his life thinks he's pretty much of a jerk.

But slowly, Nick begins to realize that he can use this special gift to his advantage ... personally and professionally.

"I'm gonna learn so much about being a woman, they're gonna make me an honorary chick," he says slyly.

And who better to apply his distinctive ability to than Darcy McGuire, his beautiful, talented and unsuspecting new boss, played by Helen Hunt in her first romantic comedy since her Academy Award®-winning performance in "As Good As It Gets."

In a bid to bring new business to the ad agency from the untapped women's market, Darcy is hired as its creative director ... a job Nick thought should and would be his. Nick is clearly not too thrilled to work side-by-side with this recently divorced and reputed "man-eater," despite her great pair of legs.

So, Nick schemes to use his special powers, hearing her thoughts to undermine her and get the job he was destined to have.

But Darcy's no pushover. She knows of Nick's chauvinistic reputation and his star status at the agency. So she treads lightly, trying to create a collegial atmosphere, unaware that Nick is sabotag ing her.

The chemistry between Nick and Darcy is undeniable; the sparks, electric as they battle between the urges of their careers and those of their hearts.

Nick Marshall's life had always been about writing ad campaigns geared for men — beer, sports teams and babes in bikinis. Then, after hours, he romanced these bikini babes with his rakish style and charm. But in terms of really understanding women, he couldn't get to first base.

Then, everything changes when he hears women's inner thoughts. Once he embraces his new powers, his evolution begins.

"'What Women Want' reminds me of the romantic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s," Gibson says. "It's like the classic ones from Lubitsch, Capra and Wilder, filled with charm and witty dialogue in an updated way. It accentuates the differences between men and women, which is the essence of all great romantic comedies."

These differences were never more vivid as when Gibson dives headfirst into an office home work assignment, sampling an array of women's per sonal products —- from nail polish to panty hose.

This legendary star of big-screen action and drama gives a funny, graceful and effortless performance.

And his biggest champion is director Meyers, who's also an award-winning screenwriter of such classic comedies as "Private Benjamin," "Baby Boo

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