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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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