“What Woman Want” (2000)
Last night I watched this mind reading Rom-Com from the Millennium right now on AMC. Stars Oscar Winner Mel Gibson and Oscar Winner Helen Hunt – about a womanizing chauvinistic pompous ad man accidentally getting the ability to read women’s minds, right at a time when he is about to be overshadowed by a new firecracker female Boss hired to bring in more business for women. He uses his new found powers to first get ahead, but then learns a lot about his failings with women and his faults thru their thoughts. Some fun laughs and charm. I miss charm. But watching this edited for TV version of this Oscar Winner Nancy Meyer’s delightful romp,
I am left heavily pondering:
a) What the hell happened to you Mel Gibson? You were a huge star then. Now people cross the street to avoid you, and speak of you in the past tense like…”ooooooh I loved him in Lethal Weapon”…I was a Mel Gibson fan since I saw Mad Max: Thunderdome at the Drive In back in 1985 paired with Police Academy 2. I always enjoyed his stuff. Then he attacked Jews verbally and that was that. What a Schmiel. Oy Vey.
b) What the hell has happened to YOU, Helen Hunt?? Are you still here with us? Has anybody been by her house in the last decade to check on her? Did she get swept up for real in that movie Twister ? Helen Hunt would be perfect for reality TV as I never bought her as an actress. Maybe do a show about finding herself called “Hunting Helen With Helen Hunt” or something equally saccharine. The most depth she ever had was in an episode of a CBS After School Special in the early 1980’s, when she was a teen. But that “depth” is mostly because she fell out of a second story window in that episode. Other than that, meh.
c) What the hell has happened to comedy? People are offended by every f*^king conceivable combination of things now. They’re offended BEFORE they get offended for F sakes. I DO have a lot to say about that. I am sick and tired of the letters P and fucking C. It’s constant 100% round the clock censorship and I hate all of it. People do not need to be offended by every goddamn thing. We are not all pussies. In fact, a good way to get me to not like you what-so-ever is to be super PC. Not that I enjoy telling racist or sexist jokes (neither have ever really been my thing), but more about taking fun jabs at topical items without having people call you insensitive or an asshole or any other Bullcrap thing complainers can rub out of their pants.
Here’s a joke I just made up that someone (probably at my work for that matter) will get all up and arms against…
“Kid: Awwww Ma, you burnt the KD!”
“Mom: It’s Fort Mac and Cheese. Just shut up and eat it.”
Is the joke funny? Not necessarily. Is it offensive? Not in the least. Will some bleeding heart shred their bras in protest over it because how dare I be so insensitive to the plight of the people of Fort MacMurray with such a joke…see my point?
d) What the hell happened to the past decade? Lol. One moment the whole world is fearful of Y2J, and seemingly in the next moment we’re all video recording each other acting like 8-year-old-home-schooled-temper-tantrum-freakazoids fighting in parking lots of shopping centres for parking spots. WHAT the WHAT?!? Or posting a video of you farting for 30 seconds straight on You Tube going viral and being seen by 10’s of millions of bored lonely people all around the globe….and Beyond!
e) What the hell DO women really want? Well, Women want what women want. Men want what men want. Some Women want what men want, and some Men want what women want but none of them are allowed to share a bathroom in public in the United States.
f) WHY did I watch this movie last night? Like, seriously? Probably because I was stoned and feeling nostalgic, or maybe because summer TV blows Humpbacks.