Movie Details

What Women Want

A Hong Kong reupdate on the 2000 Hollywood rom-com of the same name, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In this Valentine`s season offering, we have Andy Lau as an advertising executive, who develops the ability to listen in to the thoughts of women, as he locks horns with his new boss, played by Gong Li.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 17 Feb 2011
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 56 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Andy Lau, Gong Li
Director: Daming Chen
Format: NA

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Writer: Edith Yeoh

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Watch this if you liked: “What Women Want”, “Some Like it Hot”, “Date Movie”

Fancy watching Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau dresses up as a woman, complete with a pair of high heels? Or what about him experimenting with sanitary pad?

Those are some of the highlights you get to see in Andy's latest romantic comedy flick, "What Women Want". A remake of Hollywood's version with the same title starring Mel Gibson, this Hong Kong version is deemed as more subtle until to a certain point it becomes too 'dry.'

But of course, the movie has its own funny moments. And those funny scenes are often a direct result from poking fun on issues faced by women everyday.

Almost half of the entire cast is from mainland China, and it's bad to see all of the cast are dubbed in Cantonese. At times it appears that the lips and movement did not sync with the original words mouthed by the actors.

That aside, despite some of the bad reviews received during the show, this reviewer thinks that this is generally a good attempt to make a romantic comedy without being too forceful. This could be a good start for this year's romantic flick.

And as usual, the only watchable performances are put up by the two main actors - Andy Lau and Gong Li. The pair shows a comfortable natural chemistry on-screen, it almost feels like watching a real office drama unfolds.

All in all, "What Women Want" is passable for general viewing. The story is simple, straightforward and comical. It is more of an acquired-taste kind of movie. It's either you love it as the movie progresses or you loath it till the very end. Do watch with an open mind.

Cinema Online, 09 February 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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