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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

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A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Martinez (as Rachel Ticoti)
Paige Butcher ...
Tanya Sweet ...
Kristine Szabo ...
Tamara Spoelder ...
Sonja Francis ...
Vanessa Trump ...
Beauty (as Vanessa Haydon)


Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape. Written by Keanuette

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nancy Meyers Project  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,064,723 (USA) (12 December 2003)


$124,590,960 (USA) (26 March 2004)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound)| (DTS 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this movie, Jack Nicholson plays a notorious bachelor, who always "escaped the noose", while Diane Keaton plays a divorcée. In real life it's the other way round: Nicholson is a divorcé while Keaton is a bachelorette. See more »


When Harry and Erica are arguing outside the restaurant after Erica sees Harry with a young blonde woman her cell phone is in her hand in the shots where the camera is behind her, and not in her hand in the shots where the camera is behind Harry. Every time the camera switches she's either holding, on not holding, her cell phone. See more »


Erica Barry: What are you doing here, Harry?
Harry: Turns out the heartattack was easy to get over. You... were something else. I finally get it. I'm 63 years old... and I'm in love for the first time in my life.
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Crazy Credits

Jack Nicholson sings "La Vie en Rose" during the closing credits. See more »


Fibre de Verre
Written by Benedicte Grimault, David Lewis, Ali Boudrahem, François Jeannin and Manohisoa Razanajato
Performed by Paris Combo
Courtesy of Universal Music S.A. Division Polydor (France)
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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If not stunning or brilliant, it's solid and very very feel good. So feel good.
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

There are two things recommending this film: Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Alone and together they are funny and alive. You might expect their individual strengths, but they actually have chemistry, or at least rapport, on screen.

The story is fun and funny and heartwarming, and you kind of know what's going to happen much of the time. And you want it to, so you get that confirmation and have fun watching the two be together (or not) as their relationship grows and changes. Director and writer Nancy Meyers is pretty straight forward here--and if she's no Nora Ephron (lacking finesse and wit at that level), she's got the right idea. You can picture a better film, smoother and more cinematic, under a different director (there are some clunky visual decisions if you are looking), but the story keeps it going.

The rest of the cast? Mostly what you'd expect. Keanu Reeves is better than usual, playing an unplayed role nicely, and Frances McDormand is funny but a bit awkward here, as if miscast, or at odds with the director. Amanda Peet as the daughter is cheerful enough but I found her unconvincing in her role scooping up a rap record label womanizer (Nicholson) three times her age.

It's the unlikeliness of the main match-up that makes the movie work, of course, and in a way they dive into their success too easily. (A screwball comedy would have sustained the tension until the last scene, and here they keep it in the air for about five minutes.) Of course, this is a standard romantic comedy, and the romance figures heavily. And there are turns in the feelgood plot that make it rise above. And make it worth watching twice, believe it or not, at least with a few years rest. The performances are what remain sparkling and new.

You might have trouble, as I do every time I see this movie (and it's been a few times for some reason) with the last scene. It's meant to be sudden and dramatic, but the previous scene doesn't quite set things up that way. Sort of, but not quite, and the validity of the change of heart at the end is necessary. But then of course the snow falls and Paris is beautiful and life is beautiful and we all have hope. It's a feel good movie that really works.

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