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Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has-—after a decade of divorce-—an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their sons college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable-—an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness, Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.
Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam, an architect hired to remodel Jane’s kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he’s become part of a love triangle.
Should Jane and Jake move on with their lives, or is love truly lovelier the second time around? It’s…complicated.
It must’ve made for a great pitch meeting: Male chauvinist advertising executive gains the ability to hear the thoughts of any woman around him. Add Mel Gibson—as Nick, the divorced “man’s man” who can charm almost any woman into bed—and you’ve got high-concept comedy made in Hollywood heaven, right? Not necessarily. The smartest thing director Nancy Meyers did with What Women Want is dispose of this ludicrous plot contrivance before it wears out its welcome. It’s fun to see Mel react to a deafening chorus of female thoughts, but his dubious…