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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson are tremendous
This movie is worth viewing just for the experience of seeing Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson interacting in as free and natural a way as you could hope to see on screen.I haven't encountered such a believable coupling as this before.I liked the first half of the film most but the whole thing is of a very high standard and always entertaining to watch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Direissimo
Aagh! I can't believe I just wasted 123 minutes of my life watching this!

Warning: you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY have to LOVE Jack Nicholson if you're going to watch this. Otherwise, it's ghastly enough watching him paw some girl one-third his age for the first ten minutes, but it's even worse watching him and Diane Keaton coyly gurn at eachother when they thrash...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson are tremendous, 18 Jun 2006
This review is from: Something's Gotta Give [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This movie is worth viewing just for the experience of seeing Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson interacting in as free and natural a way as you could hope to see on screen.I haven't encountered such a believable coupling as this before.I liked the first half of the film most but the whole thing is of a very high standard and always entertaining to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe, spoilers. Oh well, it will not show the true magic this movie has to offer., 6 Oct 2014
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This is a real feel-good romantic comedy, this could warm the hearts of those even with the toughest of skins. That is surely what is expected anyway with a cast like this, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, what more could you want? I first watched this movie online after being bored and wanting to watch something new, as soon as I realised this was a Nancy Meyers movie, I just knew that I was in for a treat. Some of my favourite movies are Nancy Meyers movies, The Parent Trap, Father of The Bride 1 & 2 and so it was apparent that this too would become one of my all time favourites and make me jealous of all the surroundings and beautiful houses and places.

Diane Keaton gives a belting performance as Erica Barry a divorced playwright who's plays have been seen all over the world and are quiet famous we are lead to believe, she is alone and it is suggested that she stays inside most of the time writing instead of letting herself meet new people. She has a daughter Marin whom is scared of falling in love and getting hurt, she starts dating Harry a sixty-three year old very rich business man whom is prone for dating younger women and has not even seen a woman his own age naked which is quiet bizarre and you get the impression that he is your typical man who is happy to just sleep with someone and send them home as he has never been married and never experienced true love, Jack Nicholson portrays this with ease and shows that he is perfect for this role.

Marin decides to take Harry to the beach house her mother owns in the Hamptons but unaware that her mother is there with her aunt for the weekend, they of course, cross paths and Erica discovers her daughters relationship with Harry and is not impressed. She takes it on her shoulders and decides they will all stay for the weekend and try and get on together. After dinner Marvin Gaye is heard in the background and after a few laughs you hear Marin's scream, Harry has of course from the 'excitement' had a heart attack.

As not to spoil it any further I'll just summarize the rest, Erica has to look after Harry on her own at the beach house and what could come from that? As Harry's doctor takes a liking to Erica after seeing all of her plays and asks her out on dates and then Harry and Erica's hate soon turns into something completely opposite...

Will Erica be able to turn the fun living, one night stand loving, young women loving Harry into the man who gets the lady?

You will just have to buy it and watch, you will not regret it!!!

The soundtrack is sublime.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be totally charmed by this warm romcom!, 4 May 2004
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This review is from: Something's Gotta Give [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I saw this film on a plane coming back from New York and laughed out loud all the way home, to the chagrin of other flyers who were trying to have a kip! Diane Keaton plays a successful playright whose 30-year old daughter is dating a mysogynistic older man (Jack Nicholson) who has to take Viagra. After suffering a heart attack, he stays at their beachside house for a while to recuperate while the daughter swans off to the city, leaving the pair of them alone in the house while Keaton tries to write her next play. Their clashing viewpoints on life make for a number of hilarious set pieces that culminate in their falling in love. This is a lovely, warm and clever romantic comedy which explores attitudes around ageing. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson are both superb in their roles and prove that the more mature actor can still have widespread appeal. I don't believe this film is only aimed at mature age groups - I am 29 and thought it was brilliant. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY!, 14 Mar 2014
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THIS IS A CLASSIC FEEL GOOD MOVIE
It will have you laughing and crying at the same time.
Obviously great acting which makes for an enjoyable film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny film, beautifully acted, and a pleaure to watch., 6 Feb 2014
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This is a wonderful film, with a good election of Special Features at the end. Nancy Myers, who wrote the screenplay and directed, is interviewed and also does the commentary with both Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And who said romance was dead?, 24 Jun 2004
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This review is from: Something's Gotta Give [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Something's Gotta Give (12A)
Director: Nancy Meyers, 2003, USA, 128 minutes
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet, Frances McDormand
An enjoyable, feel-good movie in the 'Sleepless in Seattle' genre, Something's Gotta Give follows the age-old 'boy meets/loses/regains girl' formula - but with one main difference; the 'boy' is Harry Sanborn (Nicholson) an ageing and shallow playboy who seemingly has only one aim in life - seducing beautiful young woman. And the 'girl' is Erica Berry (Keaton), a divorced, 50-something successful writer with a non-existent love life. While Erica's youthful love-interest (Reeves) and her lovely daughter (Peet) remain mostly in the background providing pretty props for Harry and Erica, who steal the show with witty asides and sly, side-ling glances - behaviour one would not normally associate with middle-aged people... but why not? Love and sexual attraction doesn't end at 40, as this film sets out to prove.
As one would expect with Oscar nominees of Nicholson's and Keaton's calibre, there is strong on-screen chemistry between the two main characters, which is further enforced by a clever script. There are laughter lines and grey hairs a-plenty, plus a dickey heart and viagra, thrown in for good measure. But this does nothing to spoil the viewer's belief that, despite their advancing years, these two really could get it together!
The story begins when Marin (Peet) brings her wealthy, but elderly, boyfriend Harry back to her mother's beach house (and what a beach house!), for what he obviously hopes will be a 'dirty weekend'. But her mom and aunt (McDormand) arrive back in time to put paid to any such ideas.
Put out by mom's presence and not in the best of health, thanks to a decedent lifestyle, Harry suddenly suffers a heart attack, and it falls upon the reluctant Erica to play nursemaid to him. It is during this enforced togetherness that we see their attitudes about each other begin to slowly change. And both of them seem genuinely surprised when they end up in bed together.
But it is a relationship that doesn't quite know which direction to take, and a handsome young doctor (Reeves) is quicker than Harry to recognise Erica's attributes and starts to court her.
Harry moves on - in body, if not in mind - as he tries to return to his normal routine. But it doesn't prove as easy forgetting Erica as he had at first thought. Meanwhile, Erica is busy venting her mixed-up emotions on paper and Harry becomes the focal figure in a play about their romance.
The play becomes a huge hit for Erica, and she appears to be coping well with Harry's absence from her life till he turns up at the play, angry at having become the laughing stock of the theatre world. Erica denies that Henry (the central character), is actually Harry, and admits that he's killed off at the end of the play as it's "funnier!". An indignant Harry exits her life for a second time.
We move forward, but Harry can't. And it is in a restaurant in Paris where they meet up again. Erica is on birthday trip they planned in bed, way back. But she's not alone, as Harry had hoped. It all becomes too much for him and he leaves the restaurant a broken man. Erica quickly comes to the rescue...
Directed by Nancy Meyer, who also wrote the story with the two leading actors in mind. Nicholson, a notorious womaniser himself, is cast to perfection, with none of his genius of facial expression missed. And Keaton's gentle warmth, with an appealing mixture of maturity and vulnerability, makes her his perfect co-star. Together, they soon have you seeing past the crinkles and silver hair to believe that it really is possible for an arrogant and selfish batchelor to be redeemed by love. In the end, something's gotta give... and it does, with style!
Beautifully filmed and accompanied by some delightful French melodies, this film is a must for all die-hard romantics, young and old!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Direissimo, 19 Sep 2009
This review is from: Something's Gotta Give [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Aagh! I can't believe I just wasted 123 minutes of my life watching this!

Warning: you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY have to LOVE Jack Nicholson if you're going to watch this. Otherwise, it's ghastly enough watching him paw some girl one-third his age for the first ten minutes, but it's even worse watching him and Diane Keaton coyly gurn at eachother when they thrash about in silk sheets. Yeeeuch!!! I like Diane Keaton - everyone likes Annie Hall. But Diane, noooooooooh! This is too dire for words.

I get the premise - it's a good one. Why should women of a certain age be invisible on film and in real life, while repulsive, rich old men get to go to bed with twenty-year-olds? The tables are turned, and Keanu Reeves falls in love with a woman old enough to be his mother. Fine. But do we have to watch? I prefer the Cary Grant/Clint Eastwood school of ageing on screen - keep it covered up. Sex doesn't equal love anyway, a platitude the film sets out to promote. Seeing Jack Nicholson's naked bum in a theatre gown is momentarily funny, but hardly appetising; seeing him coming up for air after .. what shall we say, his Cameron Diaz moment.. is frankly gross. Cameron Diaz he is not. Double yeeuch! Maybe it wouldn't be quite as bad if it didn't reinforce the sexism it purports to attack by casting a man who is fat and repulsive opposite a woman who clearly goes to the gym every day to maintain her filmstar figure, and can not only wear size 10 beige jeans with impunity, but can also put her hands in the pockets. Not many 50+ year-olds can identify with that, can they? But then, it's not about reality, is it? Not with that house in the Hamptons, and a daughter who works as an auctioneer at Christie's and has lines like "I've got to go and sell 40 million dollars worth of art!" It's romantic fantasy for Americans. In other words, sentimental pap, spiced up for the new millennium with a bit of sex. Pity - it could have been quite good - especially if it had been half the length.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vacuous, 29 Feb 2004
This review is from: Something's Gotta Give [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Where "Lost in Translation" showed us a complex giving relationship between an older man and a younger woman, "Something's Gotta Give" is unrepentantly nasty about such relationships, which it sees as inevitably a character flaw in the older man.

At the same time it wants to have its cake and eat it by making no such criticisms of relationships between older woman and younger men. It's not hard to see that the audience demographic for this movie is baby boom women who don't much like the idea that many men of their generation are now dating younger ones.

Jack Nicholson's Harry Langer gets criticised for his interest in younger women. Frances McDormand as a woman's studies teacher laments that older men can date younger women but that older single women can't get dates at all. A former husband, played by Paul Michael Glaser, is criticised for wanting to remarry - inevitably - a younger woman.

Yet despite that, not only does Nicholson's character finally fall for older female playwright Erica Barry, played by Diane Keaton, but so does Harry's young doctor Julian, played by Keanu Reeves. And Keanu Reeves as a doctor, and an enthusiastic and astute intellectual judge of plays, is perhaps the film's biggest single joke.

Jack Nicholson just does his Nicholson as bad boy schtick, a far remove from his superb performance in "Schmidt". Keaton gasps a lot.

It's an awful audience-pandering film, and one that will enjoyed pretty much only by precisely that sector of the female audience to which it is pandering. And it's set in a bizarre fantasy world. Doesn't writer and director Nancy Meyers know that Broadway is a highly competitive place these days, and that plays like the thing Keaton's character writes wouldn't even get an off-Broadway venue? And yet we're to believe that Erica has got filthy rich from doing this kind of stuff.

And then there's the movie's double standard, which merely reverses old sexist attitudes and replaces them with new ones. Older men and younger women bad. Older women and younger men fine. In the end though the film dissatisfies even those who uphold this new double standard. It's even more conservative than that. Date within five years of your own age people. Even some women critics, to whom you might expect this movie to appeal, have said they don't believe the final scene for a second. Neither do I.

In the nineteen-fifties Douglas Sirk directed the wonderful "All that Heaven Allows", in which a middle-aged Jane Wyman fell for a young Rock Hudson. It was a plea for openness in judging the relationships of others, and it's sometimes depressing to realise that in some ways, and particularly in some PC ways, Hollywood is more conservative now than it was in those days, merely replacing the prejudices of one era with those of another.

Like many others, I lament the fact that Hollywood puts many fine actresses out to seed too early. I do wish we had more romances involving older men AND women. I quite liked - for instance - Australian directors Paul Cox's "Innocence" which was about a love affair between two people in their seventies. But, even - or maybe especially - those of us who'd like to see movies skewed a little less to youth audiences deserve a lot better than the audience pandering of "Something's Gotta Give".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Very funny
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 1 July 2014
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Had to clean the disc before it would work properly. After a good clean it now works OK. Thank you
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