Something's Gotta Give
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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 ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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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.
In spite of the dozens of times I have watched this movie; it still makes me laugh because there is so much truth in it, especially for women over a certain age. Those of us who are single and over 35 get this. Being a divorcee at age 40, 50 or 60 is a much different experience to finding yourself single at age 25 or 30. Director Nancy Meyer's genius is her talent to understand the core of the heart of women, combined with humor, and she is able to make us laugh at life, at our own circumstances and challenges, longings, fears and hopes of a divorced single woman past her physical "prime."
Frankly, I can see myself in some of Diane Keaton's character, minus the big house on the beach and the fame -well I'm working on it- and that's what a great movie or book will have us do, relate and connect to the characters in some way, offer a little catharsis, a little hope, a little fun. Some scenes are hilarious! My two favorite are when Erica and Harry break up and that ignites her writing and she cries her way through box after box of tissues while the material just pours out of her. I can relate and laugh at the same time because I did a lot of crying as I wrote a divorce recovery/relationship book. The second favorite scene is when Harry shows up at the theater during rehearsals to see his own life in her play.
And I respectfully disagree with another reviewer. I thought the supporting cast was wonderful. And although others may think it improbable for Keanu Reeves, playing the role of the gentle and handsome doctor, to fall for Erica, I say it works.
And what also works is that life is truly unpredictable, romance can happen at any age. I personally know several couples who met in their 60's and have very happy and loving relationships. And at their age, with wisdom gained and a bit more freedom they are truly having fun and loving every second of their life and their lives together. Yes, there are truly Erica's and Harry's in real life.
And for singles choosing not to commit or waiting till they find their soulmate well then, in the meantime, you go get a PhD, win medals from running your first half marathons, write books, start new businesses, walk or ride across America and set forth in fulfilling life long dreams. Past a divorce, you truly can create a Remarkable New Life!
Ileana Sisson MS PhD
Author of Seasons of Healing® When Your Relationship Ends-Practical and Spiritual Lessons for a Remarkable New Life!
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Jack Nicholson is one of Hollywood's best and always has been an Academy Award winner many times and with good reason.
This one appeals to those of us that are no longer young and beautiful and yet the sincerity of those of us that are older can still capture the heart of the "bad boy" and all the while has a gorgeous younger man totally in love with her and age makes no difference.
Great, great film.
After a recent cancer scare and surgery, my great sister came over to take care of me. I surprised her and purchased this movie and one other favorite. At a time when we could be stressed or sad, we laughed and laughed. I am better.
This will be a movie I keep on my shelf forever. Nothing like a few laughs with a great sister.