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Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years. During what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin (Amanda Peet), at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains. He winds up being nursed by Marin's reluctant mother Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), a successful, divorced New York playwright. In the process, Harry develops more heart pangs -- the romantic kind -- for Erica, an age-appropriate woman whom he finds beguiling. However, some habits die hard. When Harry hesitates, his charming thirty something doctor (Keanu Reeves) steps in and starts to pursue Erica. And Harry, who has always had the world on a string, finds his life unraveling.
As upscale sitcoms go, Something's Gotta Give has more to offer than most romantic comedies. Obviously working through some semi-autobiographical issues regarding "women of a certain age," writer-director Nancy Meyers brings adequate credibility and above-average intelligence to what is essentially (but not exclusively) a fantasy premise, in which an aging lothario who's always dated younger women (Jack Nicholson, more or less playing himself) falls for a successful middle-aged playwright (Diane Keaton) who's convinced she's past the age of romance, much less sexual re-awakening. As long as old pals Nicholson and Keaton are on screen discussing their dilemma or discovering their mutual desire, Something's Gotta Give is terrific, proving (in case anyone had forgotten) that Hollywood can and should aim for an older demographic. Myers falls short with the sitcom device of a younger lover (Keanu Reeves) who wants Keaton as much as Nicholson does; it's believable but shallow and too easily dismissed. Myers also skimps on supporting roles for Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, and Jon Favreau, but thankfully this is one romantic comedy that doesn't pander to youth. Mature viewers, rejoice! --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : COSDV1010
- Director : Nancy Meyers
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 8 minutes
- Release date : March 30, 2004
- Actors : Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Bruce A. Block, Nancy Meyers
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : 1404935770
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The world needs lots of healthy, delightful, busy, and happy-ending stories with older people in the lead roles. Older people today are another minority but growing and they need help with NOT feeling like an anomaly in work and love and sex and optimizing a quality life later in life.
I liked the style in every way - it's personal - the lifestyle and places and things all aim to charm and do. The people are world-class favorites, on all sides of the camera. And a baby......yes, that works! Thank you all -
I wish you'd do more but they must also share happy endings, even up until the last days of a good life.
Sharing good things that people really need - and the laughter - the good kind - nothing cruel.
Thank you again for a fine movie. I enjoy it over and over through the years and never tire of it.
There's nothing particularly surprising about this film due to its own description; because of this, the way in which the characters are introduced to one another ultimately does not matter since the audience knows about the inevitable conclusion. Despite that, this movie opens and makes a strong point of highlighting the differences each character has from one another and ultimately creates a giant gap of metaphorical space that must eventually be removed. This seems nearly impossible at first and comes to fruition over the course of scenes where the pace varies meticulously and in an unpredictable manner. As a result, viewers can be assured that the experience of watching ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ is refreshing as opposed to monotonous and alluring as opposed to boring.
I sincerely would like to know whose idea it was to cast both Nicholson in Reeves as potential intimate partners in this film; their natural dispositions make them inevitable foils to one another and this is ultimately an expected and perhaps even inescapable source of conflict. Reeves is bright eyed and simmering with ambition whereas Nicholson Is intimidating and rather cynical at his core. This conflict never overtly manifests or shows itself as jealousy, but this unconsciously prepares the viewer to extensively examine the relationship they have with Erica over the course of the entire story.
It would be fair to compare the story to the one portrayed in ‘The Notebook’, but the raw authenticity of the characters separates this one from what is often shown as the ‘picture perfect’ - most often too perfect- example of a relationship. Harry is distinguishably neglectful when considering how his thoughts and/or behaviors might affect other people, and he isn't the best “reading the room”. Marin is so beautiful in that her obvious creativity as a writer makes her exceptionally sensitive and also sometimes makes her all the more insecure. At the end of the day this isn’t a film that encourages us to love blindly but is in fact the opposite: this movie encourages us to love with our eyes completely wide open to any opportunities and blemishes that can potentially make themselves known to us.
A particular amount of charm is maintained by the various ways in which the tone changes over the course of this film. The humor is at times self-deprecating and encompases the awkward way in which our two lovebirds eventually find ways to relate to another; They laugh at one another while simultaneously acknowledging their own shortcomings. Scenes that some might describe as sleazy still manage to have a particular amount of class that somehow always makes itself known.
Don't get the wrong impression here - the plot is ultimately rather unoriginal and may make some people bored out of their skulls.
It's nothing to write home about, but it's a healthy dose of hilarity and sincerity: Can we really ask for more?
I would recommend
Possibly the best production for each of them. The story, characters and setting would be realistic for today's audience. I've seen most of their movies and this is top tier.
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collection (why else?) Unfortunately, I found the movie excruciatingly
embarrassing & ended up only turning on the sound when The One
was onscreen (why else?)
This is trying to be a Norah Ephron movie & fails: naturally, kids of
all ages will possibly feel as I do -- that KCR always plays himself
(We're talking pre-the wondrous John Wick) but let's watch it anyway, just for the
pleasure of looking at him! The problem I have with this piece is the
vulgar grotesquerie of this so-called Love Story starring two fine
actors whom I well remember in their bittersweet confusion in
'Reds' Surely they haven't grown so desperate ?
And it's mostly set in a candy-coloured dream world, where unseen
hands take care of the house, while Erica & Harry stroll on the perfect
beach........(actually, there IS a caught-in-downpour-better-take-off-our
-clothes scene) Inexplicably, it's not with the handsome young Doctor
who clearly adores Erica ('these flowers are for you to give me when
you apologise') -- too right she stood him up! And too bad she dumps
him -- in public-- on the most romantic night of their lives!
'Sad Keanu' yeah right.....