What Women Want (2011)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi


What Women Want (2011) Poster

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.


5.5/10
1,182

Photos

  • Andy Lau in What Women Want (2011)
  • Li Gong and Andy Lau in What Women Want (2011)
  • Andy Lau in What Women Want (2011)
  • Li Gong in What Women Want (2011)
  • Andy Lau and Zhu Zhu in What Women Want (2011)
  • Andy Lau and Zhu Zhu in What Women Want (2011)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


31 July 2014 | name99-92-545389
3
| Disappointing along most dimensions
I (a falang American) watched this out of curiosity, to see what a Chinese version of this sort of movie is like. Obviously one can't generalize from one movie, but all I can say it that, for the sake of Chinese audiences, I hope that most of their Rom Com directors are more skilled than Daming Chen.

Regarding the movie itself, I'll repeat the comments of most other reviewers. Gong Li is as gorgeous as ever, but that's all she is --- a pretty face that exists to move the plot along. Andy Lau's character, on the other hand, is not neutral but vile. And he doesn't get better as the movie progresses --- he's the same dick at the end that he was at the beginning. It's not just that there's no chemistry between the two, it's that you don't want chemistry between them. Also don't expect any laughs along the way --- this fits the Rom Com mold, but has none of the comedy that could be wrung from the situation.

The budget (as suggested by the stars, the decent lighting and costumes, the sets/locations) suggest a high-end movie, but the actual content --- everything from the clumsy and didactic story to the lack of humor or subtlety --- suggests the sort of sad movies you see on an indie TV channel late at night starring Hollywood hopefuls you've never heard of, in some direct to DVD garbage.

What is interesting is the image of China it presents. The buildings shown are all incredibly new and, while I expect the intention was to present some sort of air of glamor, to me it felt extremely nouveau riche. The buildings struck me as not so much Manhattan as Brasilia --- designed based on theory rather than on human needs, and likely to be showing cracks and flaws in just a few years. There's one scene where we see our heroine in a car driving down a highway which struck me as the one scene where Chinese reality enters --- the highway is lousy and narrow, with few cars on it --- something like what the Pasadena Freeway may have looked like when it opened in 1940, and nothing at all like the general highways of Los Angeles today.

The second image of China it presents is of a country that has not yet undergone the "psychologicalization" of America. The characters seem unable to relate to each other or discuss their inner lives in a way that Americans (helped by TV and movies) had already achieved by the early 70s or so. The clumsiness of the dialog doesn't help, sure, but it seems that there's more than that, that the screenwriter honestly doesn't know (or at least doesn't expect the audience to know) how to be introspective, how to have a theory of mind, how to interpret other people. They go through the motions (we get the occasional sermon on "being honest") but there's no follow-through, no appreciation of the relevant issues. You get the feeling that if you told the Andy Lau character to be vulnerable, to honestly communicate, he'd have no idea what that even meant; or that if you told Gong Li's character that she allows herself to be a doormat, she'd not understand the point you were making.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

A Terra-Cotta Warrior

A Terra-Cotta Warrior

What Women Want

What Women Want

What Women Want

What Women Want

Ju Dou

Ju Dou

Zhou Yu de huo che

Zhou Yu de huo che

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern

All About Love

All About Love

What Women Want

What Women Want

To Live

To Live

Leap

Leap

Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

3 February 2011

Language

Mandarin, English


Country of Origin

China

Filming Locations

Beijing Film Studio, Beijing, China

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,224 6 February 2011

Gross USA:

$123,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,838,177

What's Streaming Now on Netflix?

We're watching "Tiger King" on Netflix for sure. Our recommendations also include "Night on Earth", "Ozark," and more.

See our picks

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com