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Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

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Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves


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In keeping with the light and slick tones of her earlier film What Women Want, Nancy Meyers writes and directs the romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give. Jack Nicholson plays Harry Sanborn, a swinging sixtysomething entertainment executive surrounded by plenty of young girlfriends. His latest romance is young petite sophisticate Marin (Amanda Peet), who


In keeping with the light and slick tones of her earlier film What Women Want, Nancy Meyers writes and directs the romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give. Jack Nicholson plays Harry Sanborn, a swinging sixtysomething entertainment executive surrounded by plenty of young girlfriends. His latest romance is young petite sophisticate Marin (Amanda Peet), who takes him to her mother's beach house in the Hamptons for a weekend fling. However, Marin's successful Broadway playwright mother Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) is already vacationing at the house with her sister Zoe (Frances McDormand). Marin and Harry stay anyway, and Harry ends up having a heart attack. He goes to the hospital and is looked after by thirtysomething doctor Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves). Impressed by her writing, Dr. Mercer finds himself pursuing a romance with Erica. Because of his serious health condition, he orders Harry to stay near the hospital. While Marin returns to Manhattan, Erica agrees to stay on and look after Harry. Of course they are repulsed by each other at first, but they end up falling in love throughout the recovery process. Also starring Jon Favreau as Harry's assistant.

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Barnes & Noble
The best romantic comedy of 2003 derives much of its effectiveness from the inspired teaming of two inimitable big-screen veterans: Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Writer-director Nancy Meyers certainly deserves a great deal of credit for supplying witty dialogue and directing her A-list cast with a feather-light touch, but ultimately this little ditty is all about Jack and Diane. Nicholson plays a music industry tycoon who practices serial monogamy with women young enough to be his daughters. While trysting at a beachfront home with his latest girlfriend (Amanda Peet), the aging lothario is stricken with a heart attack and confined to the house, much to the chagrin of his date's mother (Keaton), a blocked playwright and divorcée who doesn't take kindly to Jack's liaison with her daughter. Meyers concentrates at first on the gradual thawing of their initially frosty relations, and then on the mutual attraction that blossoms into romance -- with all the attendant misunderstandings and complications. It's so refreshing to see a film of this type made with, about, and for middle-aged people, a constituency to which Hollywood has given short shrift in recent years. What's more, the casting lends a great deal to the enterprise's credibility: Nicholson is widely known to prefer dalliances with younger women, and Keaton's well-documented eccentricities make her eminently believable as the repressed, neurotic writer. About the only thing for which Meyers can be faulted is the underutilization of her massively talented supporting players. Only Keanu Reeves, playing the young doctor who treats Nicholson and falls in love with Keaton, gets juicy scenes and a reasonable amount of screen time. Nicholson and Keaton -- who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination -- are the main attractions here. It's a pleasure to see these old pros sparring onscreen in roles that fit them like gloves. Something's Gotta Give endearingly kids the conventions of contemporary, youth-oriented Hollywood romances yet also has the good sense to poke fun at the faults and foibles of its principal characters.
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Something's Gotta Give starts as a brisk romantic comedy with an escapist Hamptons backdrop, then goes through so many location changes, narrative developments, and minutes of celluloid, it wears out its welcome. For the first and second acts, it's a delicious comedy of manners set refreshingly among older adults, with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson butting heads like seasoned veterans. The two film icons are in top form here, and their entertaining banter even carries over to the realm of computer instant messaging, which grounds their timeless gender battle in the present. Keaton in particular won kudos, as well as an Oscar nomination, for an utterly naked performance, both physically and emotionally. In a brave decision, the 57-year-old actress completely disrobes for a hilarious bit in which Nicholson walks in on her, nearly fracturing his neck in his haste to look away. (Never mind that any senior citizen would die to show off a body kept in such good shape.) It's the rare scene where nudity is not only germane, but key to the joke, and Keaton wins huge points for realizing that. But she loses some points by going through several long and exaggerated crying jags over Nicholson's character, which undercut the intelligent, well-realized feminist she's created. These hysterics, even played for comedy, grant Nicholson exactly the power to hurt her she wants to deny him. That may be writer/director Nancy Meyers' point, but if so, it marks the second straight film (after What Women Want) where she manages to skew her girl-power message into something more conventional and outdated.

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Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Harry Sanborn
Diane Keaton Erica Barry
Keanu Reeves Julian Mercer
Frances McDormand Zoe Barry
Amanda Peet Marin Barry
Jon Favreau Leo
Paul Michael Glaser David Klein
Rachel Ticotin Dr. Martinez
Marjie Gum Annie
Russell Russo Guy
KaDee Strickland Kristen
Nichole M. Hiltz Harry's Lunch Date
Blaine Allen Door Slammer
Ara Anton Paramedic
Roxanne Beckford Hamptons Nurse
Taylor Block Young Patient
Conroe Brooks NYC Nurse
Paige Butcher Beauty
Tania Deighton Harry's Assistant
Susan Dizon Hamptons Nurse
Maria Esquivel Hostess
Michelle Fabiano Door Slammer
Patrick Fischler Stage Manager
Sonja Francis Beauty
Vanessa Haydon Beauty
Cindy Joseph Harry's Old Flame
Melissa Keller Party Guest
Melette Le Blanc-Cabot Hamptons Nurse
Catherine McGoohan Door Slammer
Susan Misner Harry's Old Flame
Tayrene Mugridge Harry's Dinner Date
Alexandra Neil Harry's Old Flame
Joan Adelle Nelson Door Slammer
Nicki Norris Harry's Assistant
Beatrice Quinn Lady in Market
Julia Rose Door Slammer
Robin Pearson Rose Hamptons Nurse
Connie Sawyer Lady in Market
Lorna Scott Mrs. Gimble
Jennifer Siebel Younger Woman in Market
Sean Smith Maitre D'
Peter Spears Danny Benjamin
Tamara Spoelder Beauty
Tanya Sweet Beauty
Kristine Szabo Beauty
Elayn Taylor NYC Nurse
Robert Frank Telfer Older Guy in Market
T.J. Thyne Hamptons Waiter
Kathy Tong Beauty
Leslie Upson Broadway Actress
Daniella Van Graas Beauty
Audrey Wasilewski Hamptons Nurse
Lorraine Nicholson Young girl in market

Technical Credits
Nancy Meyers Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Myron Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Bruce A. Block Producer
Sandra Bojin-Sedlik Costumes/Costume Designer
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Ann Culotta Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Dey Stunts
Gary Diamond Set Decoration/Design
Jean-Michel Ducourty Art Director
Christopher Duskin Camera Operator
Suzanne Farwell Co-producer
Becky Gelbart Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Germain Makeup
Amy Gossels Casting
Steven Graham Art Director
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hackett Stunts
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Jane Jenkins Casting
Sophie Landry Makeup
Suzanne McCabe Costumes/Costume Designer
Elaine McGhee Costumes/Costume Designer
Sonny Merritt Costumes/Costume Designer
Montez A. Monroe Production Manager
Geri Oppenheim Makeup
Anthony D. Parrillo Set Decoration/Design
Véronique Portebois Costumes/Costume Designer
William Pruss Asst. Director
Scott Rader Special Effects Supervisor
Radium Special Effects
Cyndilee Rice Makeup
Andrew Rowlands Camera Operator
Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration/Design
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Deborah Travis Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Turlure Set Decoration/Design
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design
John Warnke Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer


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Something's Gotta Give 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'Something's Gotta Give' is the most delightful, inventive, humorous, romantic comedy in decades ~~ a fetchingly funny movie which is due 100% to Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Both have an unique understanding of romance and its often hilarious and outrageous consequences. They are a delight to watch: Diane as her defences tumble down and Jack's chauvinism crumbles & he realizes that 'older women' can be fun, sexy & delicious. Cuddle up with someone, you won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tops the list of this years best movies. This one is a keeper, a must have for your DVD collection. The comedy, the romance, all tops !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dialog very contrived and rehearsed. OK.... would have been upset if I paid to see this in a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought that a 58 year old woman could be hot naked, but I was sure shocked when I saw Diane Keaton buck naked in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keanu Reeves is sweet,Jack is, well, gross and Diane is, what,like 70 years old??? This was the worst movie I have seen in a few years. I saw this film on a flight to Aruba and I was trapped!!! Frances McDormand was wasted on this number! Yuk!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best Jack Nicholas movies in awhile, but Diane Keaton? She was even better! I give this movie five stars even though it got slow at the end, but it was still funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Diane Keaton and this movie is a reminder of why. She effortlessly moves back and forth between comedy and drama. It's so wonderful to see such a talented actress have this opportunity to shine. Her glowing reviews and award nominations are well-deserved
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was awesome!!! It was funny and cute and touching!!! I loved it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great romantic comedy by Jack & Diane. I think both of them work fanstastically good in this show. And I never knew Jack has such a magnetic voice for singing while Diane still holds such a great figure...
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no need to say to much go see for yourself you will enjoy the Hilarity that insues beween Jack Nichalson and Diane Keaton. This is the reason the 2 of them are nominated for Golden Globes for this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a definite crowd-pleaser. It even works for guys who hate romantic comedies! Excellent gift for those of you who are not sure what to get your mom for Mother's Day yet!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Diane, Jack and Keanu are great but the movie was just okay. I was a little sick watching Jack and Diane in the bed...I also thought the move dragged on-
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to have my own dvd of this movie.. I'm glad I was able to see it! after which, can't help but thinking even a month after!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible movie. Diane Keaton is a wonderful, incredibly gifted actress, and so are the rest of the cast. (Especially Frances McDormand.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical of Jack Nicholson's role in the movie at first but Boy was it great to be proven wrong.. Diane Keaton was phenomenal.. the whole movie had great ambience and you could feel the intensity of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane, Jack, Keanu and Fran gave outstanding performances in this wonderful movie. After seeing the movie, I purchased the DVD and I have literally watched this movie EVERY DAY since I purchased it. Sometimes twice a day on the weekends. My favorite scene from the DVD is Scene 23... when Zoe invites Julian over to cheer up Erica after Harry rejects her. The song played during their dinner is so cute(wish I could find it in the stores) and the kiss that Julian gives Erica (when he is forgiving her)is so sexy! He could forgive me any day! What a great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never understood the reviewers who say this movie is too long. It really didn't feel long to me at all. Acting was superb, humor was a treat, and the storyline was interesting...loved it!
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