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Keanu Reeves is the real star here!

Author: enije from Denmark
8 September 2015

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I've got to be honest. I have just watched this movie, 12 years after it premiered. I simply didn't have the stomach for another Jack and Diane movie, with two otherwise awesome actors doing the same thing again. This says a lot because I love Nancy Meyers films and must have watched the holiday at least ten times. And I was right. Jack is Jack and Diane is Diane. Its awkward and worn, albeit funny here and there. An absolute delight though, was Keanu Reeves. For a guy who is often typecast in roles as the mostly silent, pained, strained and/or not very bright guy, he is playing the role of his life here. He is witty, in tempi, charming and carefree - even a little bit audacious and he does not skip a beat. Any previous fans should watch this just for him and everybody else, like myself, should be a fan after watching this. Keanu, I saw a quote, where you call yourself "not very bright" - I refuse to believe that. One cannot act smart with that twinkle of "knowing" in their eyes unless they are smart. I rated this movie with a 7, but without Keanu it would only scratch the sole of a 4.

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Physically Flimsy v Mentally Flimsy Makes the Sturdiest Concept Ever

Author: hamass-mujadid
1 June 2015

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A classy beach drive, prefacing the buoyancy of the whole mind-map. A quick background to the very next scene—affluent mom and her beach house, and the daughter's utilization of resources at her absence, not for herself, but for a 63 year old Harry Sanborn—cigar-puffing magnate, who also assumes to be a playboy, quite favorably so. She strips down, while Harry isn't allowed to smoke another one—it's Marin's mother's house, and she wouldn't like that. But she wouldn't mind Marin making-out with a 63 year-old heart patient. Turns out, she doesn't. Well she does look surprised, but the awkwardness of the moment withers away with the awkwardness of the self—mother's kinky attitude towards Harry seems nerving to the seesaw couple. A couple of misogynistic lessons, and apparently, the true "self" comes out. But with all the Jack n Jill going on, it's ultimately Sex n Pill which save the day.

Viagra, Sanborn-buttocks, turtle-neck-kinda-gal, I-was-going-to-the-kitchen, walk at the beach, and hence, the story moves on. Jack Nicholson is au courant, and upmarket as ever before, but Diane Keaton delivers something truly terrific. Movie aside, she delivers a very important message: age and looks do not go adjoined. Her Erica's is wine-like sophisticated, strong yet fragile, wordy yet sensuous, and most of all, intrinsically leaned towards exploration—the kind that doesn't get frank at a moment's notice, but longs for an eye-to-eye connection to render the purest "self." And that's where Jack's eyes take the lead. Guy has something going on in his skin, probably some kind of a genetic experiment (Sorry, not a science guy.) He takes off with Diane to tune into a magnificent, heart-melting story of two people over-the-rope for this kind of stuff—love and the love-making.

Nancy Meyers shoots it into the sky with exquisite, happy-go-lucky script—it's colloquial, tragic, strenuous, and vividly sentimental. Their first cry in the bed, their wrapping-around-arms, and eventually, "You are a woman to love," is everything that's needed. It sort of completes Erica's biopic. Nancy would definitely have failed if it were not for Jack's gaudily command over expressions and intonation together with Diane's more-then-absolute fitting into the role. With that, Meyer's comical incorporates a different kind of sexy. Honestly, nothing would have rendered appreciating feedback had it not been for Diane's inner-self smile, and Jack's apparently self-regulating but internally contingent upon heartfelt emotions from another state of being, and this is the underlying truth behind Diane Sawyer's ex-fiancé, who has had more than 40 years of "playboy" experience. Because when I think of the storyline only, and not the lead cast, except for a few puns, I'd kill myself halfway through the movie.

Somewhere amidst the epic touchiness of the whole concept, a dull and boring ending arrived, which I expected to be the most unlikely. Sure I could figure it had to be Paris, but it was just mundane. I'm not talking about performances here; I'm talking about execution. And from what I saw, Nancy wasn't aware of the credibility of her idea, and probably went easy on herself, maybe a little too easy.

Now, the legendary wrecker—Keanu Reeves. What is with that guy? He's sort of satisfactory, and sort of lame. Why does he always fail to impress me? I could say that he was the only flaw in the story—even the character he played. It lacked purpose throughout. The movie would have sailed through effortlessly even without him. Alone lady, alone celebration, and alone trip to Paris. What's wrong with that? So that was the only major flaw in the storyline.

From the screen, Something's Gotta Give is literally a journey halfway through the world, not just to and from countries, but individuals, and hearts, and minds of people in those countries. At the end of it all, it's still people, and it's still a movie, because Louis Armstrong's La Vie en Rose, Erica's much-loved Jazz song, translates something like this: life through rose-colored glasses. And that's about it—Paris, superficiality, and everything nice hurries away in no time.

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Author: nama chakravorty from India
6 May 2015

Nancy Meyers has made a beautiful little film in 'Something's Gotta Give', a box-office blockbuster, that has aged well. I throughly enjoyed this tale of love, lust & romance!

'Something's Gotta Give' Synopsis: 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.

'Something's Gotta Give' is about finding Mr & Ms perfect, without our imperfections, & that, is its biggest strength. I loved the aging protagonists, played so marvelously by both, Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton. Its the charming on-screen chemistry between the two screen-legends, is what makes 'Something's Gotta Give' so infectiously sweet.

Meyers's Screenplay is excellent. The narrative just flows & the interactions between all of its primary characters, is top-notch. A special mention for the natural dialogue. Meyers's Direction, also, deserves full marks. She has very successfully made a film, that wins you over with its sweetness & humor.

Definitely, worth a watch.

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One of the better romantic comedies around.

Author: The-Eternity-of-Time
2 February 2015

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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. 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. Roger Ebert wrote "Who's talking here? Jack Nicholson, or the character he plays in "Something's Gotta Give"? Maybe it doesn't make any difference. After playing an older man entirely unlike himself in "About Schmidt," Nicholson here quite frankly and cheerfully plays a version of the public Jack, the guy who always seems to be grinning like he got away with something. This has inspired scoldings from the filmcrit police ("This is Jack playing 'Jack'," says Variety), but who would you rather have playing him? Nicholson's quasi- autobiographical role is one of the pleasures of the film." This is really quite a funny romantic comedy. This is a heartwarming and wonderfully funny comedy about true love experienced later in life by two unlikely soul mates. An uplifting film experience with terrific performances by two fine performers.

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Finally...a romance for REAL folks!

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
1 November 2014

I love a good romantic movie. However, I have noticed that most of these films feature extremely young folks. Because of this, the covert message is that older people are not sexual or don't really matter! It's only s REAL romance when the actors are young and hot....or so you might think. However, in "Something's Gotta Give", you have a film featuring a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s--not the sort of romantic leads you'd expect. And, it's simply a delight to watch.

When the film begins, Harry (Jack Nicholson) is out chasing after a women who is about a third his age, Marin (Amanda Peet). However, this womanizing eternal bachelor is about to come into contact with Marin's mother, Erica (Diane Keaton) and for the first time in his life, he begins to have real feelings for a woman. Up until then, it was just a long series of shallow sexual relationships--in a sad attempt to prove his masculinity and protect himself from real intimacy. How all this works out is just something you'll have to see. Plus, with nearly 400 reviews for the film, it's probably not worth me repeating what others have said so many times already.

The film works for me for two huge reason--the quality of the acting and the intelligence of the script. While Erica and Harry are NOT ordinary older folks (they are both wealthy and relatively famous characters), they represent interesting archetypes--the strong but lonely woman and the sad guy who doesn't realize just how lonely he really is. Most importantly, however, the writing is so good that you believe such a relationship COULD happen--and it's not simply a formulaic film and the two behave in wonderful and unexpected ways when they realize they are in love. Well worth seeing and a great date night film for any age group--but which will probably be appreciated more by an older audience. At 50, this sort of flick is just what I was looking for!

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Highly Entertaining

Author: cinemaniac2002 from Chicago, IL
11 May 2014

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Much like "It's Complicated," this film utilizes the stellar acting chops of actors with a great deal of both comedic and dramatic experience. That is probably one of the factors that makes it so great.

The pairing of Keaton and Nicholson is brilliant. Their chemistry is undeniable - and their ability to make their uncomfortable situation palatable speaks to their acting chops.

While the story may seem unfathomable, life can be stranger than fiction so it isn't hard to suspend disbelief on this one. Especially keeping in mind that this is a romantic comedy, after all. This film is not meant to be taken too seriously. But it IS seriously hilarious!

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Something's Boring

Author: Ted Stone from Canada
16 January 2014

That's right something is boring in Denmark and do you know what it is? I will give you ten guesses and all ten of those guesses should be this movie, because Something's Gotta Give is a very boring movie. There are obviously a couple of legend actors and actresses in this movie so it should be amazing but it is just an average romantic comedy with big time actors going through the paces and I guess just doing this for the big payoff at the end of the day. I was very disappointed and bored throughout. What should have been an 8 or 9 out of 10 is instead just a 4 and most of that is for the pretty good writing by whoever wrote this movie.

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rom-com for the older set

Author: SnoopyStyle
21 December 2013

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is always dating young girls. His latest girlfriend is Marin (Amanda Peet). It gets weird when they go to her mother Erica Barry (Diane Keaton)'s beach house, and they run into Erica and her sister who are about his age. Later, he has a heart attack. He's forced to stay at the beach house. And a love quadrangle develop between the three and emergency Dr Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves).

Jack Nicholson isn't very likable to start off with. Diane Keaton is a bit annoying too. From the set up, they obviously have to get together. This is Nancy Meyers ranting about older woman being left behind as older man only have eyes for young hot things. The obvious movie set up of all those young things at the beginning of the movie really subtracts from the story. Once the movie starts off with the premise, it can't really go back to just a nice little story. It has to make a point.

There are good actors here doing some good work, well maybe everybody except Keanu Reeves. Diane Keaton does go overboard with the screaming, the crying, and the overacting. I didn't find it funny as much as annoying. However, the story has enough sentimentalism to make it work. And what we get is a functional rom-com for the older set.

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An Above Average Rom Com

Author: Jakemcclake from United States
18 December 2013

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The story represents a woman's fantasy movie, sort of. Erica Berry (Diane Keaton) and Harry Sanborg (Jack Nickolson) meet because Harry is dating Erica's daughter Marin (Amanda Peet), a woman over 35 years younger. Harry's reputation is he never dates a woman over 30. Marin might also be looking for a father figure in her boyfriend. Harry then meets the accomplished playwright Erica Berry, and while trying to have relations with her daughter has a heart attack and this brings in the other man in a surprising love triangle Dr. Julian Mercer (Kianu Reeves). Dr. Mercer is much younger than Erica (20 years younger), and pursues her intensely. Erica's sister, Zoe (Frances Mc Dormand) teaches womens studies at a University and has a dim view of Harry and Marin's "December - May" relationship and Harry's notoriety for being a bachelor.

The love triangle blossoms wonderfully in front of the audience' eyes and Julian won't let things like being stood up by Erica and never getting an apology for it, stop him from having a relationship with her. At the same time, Harry's cliché chauvinistic need to be with another woman gives rise to a almost everlasting cry from Erica. So we get to Dancing Henries who are major characters in a successful play that features the death of a character like the cliché Harry who was apparently renamed Henry.

The movie sends a message about people of the same age needing to consider people their age. Dr Mercer, continues pursuing Erica, regardless of how much she tries to push him off. Fiannly, he feels the need to back off, when Harry pursues her to Paris and barges in on her birthday celebration with Dr. Mercer. Right after proposing marriage, Dr. Mercer lets Erica go back with the man who is only eight years older, Harry. Finally Erica and Harry are the couple that emerges from the roller coaster of relationships in this movie.

There is some comedy, and cute lines and biting comments like, you are "A Woman to Love", which became the title of the play that Erica wrote killing off an imaginary Harry/Henry. It has some Norman Lear like preaching to men and lack of realism, that always angered me about Norman Lear's television shows. But the message of staying with someone your age is sexless, realistic and clearly stated by the ending. So it is better than average and especially for a Romantic Comedy.

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Little Ditty About Jack and Diane

Author: eric262003 from Canada
9 December 2013

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Something's Gotta Give" tells the tale about late middle-aged playwright named Erica Berry (Diane Keaton) who resides in a rather immaculate home located in the Hampton's in New York. She's quite capable of her independence. An aging socialite who owns ten companies including one of the world's largest hip-hop record labels, Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) like to think of her as being repellent in nature. Harry is a philanderer who likes to date women that are old enough to be his daughter (mostly in the range of 30 years or less). Harry is currently dating Erica's daughter Marin (Amanda Peet). And just as they were about to engage in intercourse for the first time, Harry suffers a minor heart attack. After his release from the hospital, Harry was not permitted to return home; therefore he ends up shacking up with Erica and Marin. Her steely demeanour eventually sets the tone provocatively not with just Harry alone, but with his doctor, Julian (Keanu Reeves). Erica and Harry both appear to have a plethora of similar character traits aside from the obvious being that they're over the hill, but that they're insomniacs and gather little sleep themselves. They also deposit their sensitive souls and nurture their vulnerable hearts.

The movie itself is the traditional romantic comedy with that the romantic interests are not young, twenty-something's looking for their soul-mates, but rather elderly people finding love towards one-another. The direction by writer/director Nancy Meyers is executed nicely, though not entirely to perfection. It seems strangely ironic but did anyone notice that Erica wears predominately white clothing and Harry dresses mostly in black? And when they were walking towards the beach, Erica was picking up the white stones and then Harry offers her a black one? It seems quite bizarre that they end wearing each other's glasses. Okay I get they're both trying to look into each other's world, but by wearing each other's glasses? Who knew?

It tries to refrain from falling victim of sentimental mush like most romantic comedies seem to suffer from (you hear that Hugh Grant?)The movie is filled with some rather funny moments, sadly there were at least two scenes where dialogue was greatly needed, but instead Meyers decides to overlap the dialogue with a song. There were times where scenes dragged on for too long and left many of the main supporting characters like Marin, Julian and Erica's sister Zoe (Frances McDormand), who's a Woman's Studies professor. But still I will not knock our Keaton for her performance. This was her best role since "Annie Hall". Erica is smart, witty and has quite a riveting personality. Nicholson shows that he himself is a laid-back kind of guy semi-spoofing his reputation from the past and beyond. Reeves exhibit a level of intelligence, charm and appeal. Peet gives it her best in a rather underdeveloped character. And McDormand is a scene stealer; it's too bad her character was so under-used.

I would recommend this movie to those who love romantic comedies and who do not mind that this movie is two hours long. It also is quite refreshing that the romantic leads are not spoiled, bratty teens or twenty something's willing to commit to their love of their life. Happiness can happen after forty.

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