The battle of the sexes may be neverending, but "What Women Want," which premiered Wednesday night at Westwood's Mann Village Theater, puts a new spin on the romantic-comedy genre by giving Mel Gibson
the gift of, well, reading women's minds.
And he uses it to his advantage in the film, not only to further his advertising career but to woo his new boss, played by Helen Hunt
goes to great lengths to recognize his feminine side in the film, from waxing to trying on pantyhose and dancing down the halls like Gene Kelly
flashes his famous blue eyes at the premiere for "What Women Want."
"I think I mentioned a hat and [the choreographer] mentioned a rack," Gibson
joked of his musical numbers. "I thought he meant hat rack, [but] he was talking about someone passing by."
But the real question on the red carpet was: Are men's minds something women want to understand?
"I asked a man, my husband [Gerald McRaney
], 'What are you thinking?'" cast member Delta Burke
said. "[He said] 'Nothing.' 'What are you thinking?' 'Nothing.' They don't think anything; that's why they go to sleep at night. Women are thinking too many things, and they can't go to sleep."
, who plays Gibson
's sidekick in the film, begs to differ.
"When I'm upset, I know why. Women don't," he said. "That's the great mystery of women.
Attending from the film were Hunt
, director Nancy Meyers
, Marisa Tomei
, Ashley Johnson
, Valerie Perrine
and Loretta Devine
. Meredith Brooks and The Temptations, both of whom contribute songs to the movie, were on hand, as well as Steve Martin
, Diane Keaton
, Ben Stiller
, Laura Linney
, Kelsey Grammer
, Gloria Stuart
"What Women Want" hits theaters Dec. 15.