What Women Want

Continuity mistake: When Mel tries on the pantyhose, the hole in the left leg changes from large on the outside of his leg, to small with a run on the outside of his leg to large on the inside of his leg.


Continuity mistake: When Nick first enters Sloane Curtis and is talking to one of his male co-workers, in the background there is a man in the typing away at his computer. He gets up and walks off, then the camera angle changes for a few seconds. When it returns, the man returns to his computer. It cuts away and returns a few more times, rather quickly, each time showing the man returning to his computer.


Continuity mistake: At the beginning, when Lauren Holly is explaining about her ex-husband, the little boy has a photo taken with all the girls. The woman on the far left opens her jacket in a flasher style, but in the actual picture, her hands are on her hips.

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Continuity mistake: When Helen Hunt first gives Mel Gibson a tour of her new apartment, she shows him the bedroom, where you can clearly see brown paper taped on the floor where the head of her bed would be. While they are dancing, there is no paper there.

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Continuity mistake: Bette Midler lights up a joint and then goes to sit next to Mel Gibson. She has the joint when she sits down, but in the next shot she's gesturing with her hands and the joint is gone.


Other mistake: When Nick thinks he is going to be promoted he talks to his PAs about moving to the 44th floor. In the shot of the office building (after he leaves the coffee shop on the way to work) it's obvious that the building only has about 10 floors.

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Continuity mistake: When Mel is watching TV on the sofa and serving himself from a bottle of champagne you can see a front view of him using his right hand and tilting the bottle toward his right side, then there is a change of scene (from the back of the sofa) and his right hand his tilted to this left side.


Continuity mistake: Just before Mel says "You go girl" he grabs a bottle of wine by the neck, then the camera switches view, and he is holding it at the middle of the bottle

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Plot hole: Nick finds Darcy working late in her office. He mentions that it is well after 10:00 p.m., but the sky outside Darcy's window is still quite blue. Even if it were the longest days of summer, the night sky in their location would be black by this time.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mel Gibson is in the department store trying to listen to womens' thoughts (to see if he has successfully rid himself of his "gift"), you can clearly see he is standing on a white marble floor. A couple of shots later (when he discovers that he still has his "gift"), the camera angle moves above his head as he looks toward the ceiling; you can clearly see that he is now standing on an inlaid marble star in the floor.


Revealing mistake: When Mel Gibson is in Marisa Tomei's apartment he goes to the WC to talk with his "little friend". He just got out of her bed and he is supposed to be naked. While sitting on the toilet he is filmed from the waist up but you can clearly see on the left corner of the screen that he is wearing a dark piece of underwear.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the bathroom when Nick sits down on the bathtub, you see a bath mat on the floor (with no pearls on). That wasn't there in the previous shots.

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Factual error: I live in Chicago, and live near where they filmed the outside shots. Every time we see Mel coming out of his apartment, the address says 2400 Lakeview Drive. However, anyone who lives by here knows that this particular building has no balconies, and Mel repeatedly went out, or looked over his balcony.

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Revealing mistake: When Mel Gibson races out of his agency to catch his own taxi to find Judy Greer, the taxi begins to signal it is going to pull over even before he whistles or gestures to it. There is no one already in the taxi so it would have had no other reason for pulling over.


Continuity mistake: When Mel Gibson And Helen Hunt are in the bar having drinks, Helen has a Martini with two olives on a toothpick. When they start talking, she takes the olives out of her drink. In the next shot, she takes a sip of her drink without the olives. They talk for a few more seconds, then Helen goes for another sip and she is taking the olives out of her drink again.

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Continuity mistake: The young Nick doesn't have "baby blues" as his ex-wife describes them in the opening credits.

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Continuity mistake: When Darcy arrives at Sloane Curtis and is passing out the boxes with the marketing ideas for the people to take home and come up with ideas, she slides a box down to Nick at the end of the table. When he grabs it, his thumb is on the top of the box and his fingers are on the back of the box. The next shot his thumb and index finger are on top and the other three fingers are on the back.

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Continuity mistake: When Mel Gibson is in the doctor's office and he comments on the lamp that she bid for on Ebay by reading her mind, she also has the auction page up on her computer. If you look closely you will notice that the auction is not an Ebay auction, but rather a Yahoo! auction.


Audio problem: When Mel Gibson is writing the letter to Helen Hunt after the Nike deal is done, he closes the laptop part way and a clicking sound is heard even though he has already removed his hand from the laptop. However, the Powerbook G3 he's using doesn't click at half way. Then, at the next shot, a few seconds later, the laptop is closed but there was no clicking sound while the camera was looking at Helen, even though there should have been one.

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Continuity mistake: When Mel Gibson is slipping across the bathroom floor on the bath beads, immediately after remembering the name of his daughters' boyfriend, his pantyhose don't have any holes in them. Earlier in the scene, he makes a big hole in the ankle.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mel Gibson is talking to Bette Midler (the psychiatrist) and she realises his "talent" she puts her pen down, then it shoots back to him, and then back to her and she drops her pen on the ground.


Audio problem: The Meredith Brooks song Mel Gibson listens to skips two lines in the first verse, and after the chorus, skips the entire second verse.

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Continuity mistake: Two totally different locations are used for the exterior of Darcy's new apartment. When Nick stands outside trying to get Darcy to answer, the building has no steps leading up to it and has a rectangular art deco style front door, flanked by two window panels. In the closing scene, which takes place the same day/evening, Nick is supposedly visiting the same building as earlier, but this time it has steps leading up to an arched front door and has a completely different facade. This can't be explained by one apartment being her old place, the other her new place, as not nearly enough time has elapsed in this sequence to make such an explanation possible.

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Revealing mistake: When Nick drops the blowdryer, and it's moving in slow motion toward the tub, why is the blowdryer casting shadows on the ceiling directly above the tub? That would mean there are lights either in the tub or on the floor right next to it.


Continuity mistake: When the old Chinese granny shows Mel where to go, she is shown holding the umbrella with him, one shot, her hand is above his, and in the next shot it is below his.


Factual error: When Nick is in the psychiatrist's office and tells her he can read women's minds, Bette Midler's character says, "Sigmund Freud spent his entire life trying to understand what women want," or something to that effect. Actually, Freud didn't care much about the psychology of women, he simply passed them off as having "penis envy". Most psychologists today recognize that Freud was a little off base. It seems like the writers just used Freud's name because he's the only psychologist the general public would know by name.


Continuity mistake: When Nick meets Alex's boyfriend for the first time, Cameron's necklace changes from one style to another then back to the original between shots.

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Continuity mistake: During the entire scene when Darcy is first introduce and handing out boxes, the position of her hair keeps changing. At times one side is along her back then it is on her front side. Also both sides are doing the same, being either in front or back.

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Continuity mistake: After Nick has tried on the pantyhose, there 2 small towels on top of 2 bigger ones on the towel rack. They appear to be neatly folded and even. The scene cuts to his daughter walking in then back to Nick. The small towel on the left side is now shorter in length and not neatly placed.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the bar, Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson are talking. During the dialogue, the camera cuts from one face to the other. Helen Hunt's hair is sometimes in front of her shoulder, and sometimes behind.


Continuity mistake: When Mel is kissing the girl from the coffee shop outside her house, she tilts her head to the her left. In the next shot, she is to the right.


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The fictional childhood of Nick, growing up in a burlesque club surrounded by beautiful, nearly naked women who adored him, is bizarrely similar to the actual childhood of Alan Alda, who plays the boss character. Alan Alda's father ran a burlesque club, and apparently the strippers and dancers treated the young Alda as a mascot, even keeping him in the changing room as they got dressed. However, as an adult Alda became an activist for feminist causes, rather than the chauvinist effect it had on the fictional Nick.