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Thought Diane was poor and it fizzled out.

Author: r_mc_laughlin2002 from Ireland
19 April 2014

Started well, the middle was pretty good, grabbed at the romantic in all of us, but the minute Diane Keaton was typing and "crying" (which a 2nd rate actor could have done better), the movie went downhill from here. Now apparently I have to write 10 lines, but what else should I write, Jack was pretty good, playing himself, as always, Diane wasn't too bad, up until she decided to "give up" as soon as she had to hit the keyboard, the movie hit a few hit note, but too few to make it stand out, direction was lazy, to let a pretty good premise turn out so average. It movie rapidly ran out of steam once we got to the keyboard scene. And in the end you don't really care what happens, you feel a bit cheated.

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The Angry Aging Feminist Answer To Strip Clubs...

Author: (vze3vhtf) from NJ, NY
28 March 2014

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When older guys (those who aren't rich & famous like Jack Nicholson, that is) want to believe that they are still attractive to hot young women, they go to places like strip clubs or ' Hooters ', & indulge their fantasies, at least as long as their time & money last. Yet deep-down everyone knows that it's all just a temporary illusion.

But when angry aging feminists want to believe that they are still attractive to younger men, they write/direct/star in/support movies like 2003's ' S.G.t.G. ", in which they too can temporarily live out their own fantasies.

In reality, however, no man with a heartbeat would EVER willingly choose to be with a 2003 version of Diane Keaton, over a 2003 version of Amanda Peet (who is hardly A-List fantasy material herself).

Now perhaps in the big picture, this reality is somewhat unjust.

But, as the old saying goes, Life's Not Fair.

Yet these angry aging feminists are so incapable of accepting this reality, that their only recourse is to try & project their absurd & desperate wishful-thinking forcefully enough, so that someone else actually buys into it.

And before anyone bares their fangs & claws & bites my head off, just please answer me one question: Back when Keaton was at her peak, both in terms of her looks, and her popularity, and was starring in hit films opposite Hollywood's top male stars of that era (Al Pacino in The Godfather, Woody Allen in Annie Hall, Richard Gere in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Etc.), can you please list for me just ONE (1) time that she played a character who lost her leading man to an older woman??? -I didn't think so.

The truth might hurt, ladies, but it's still the truth, so please don't shoot the messenger here...


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Author: salk2010
15 March 2014

Had SUCH potential, and a budget to boot! Never understood how Keaton or Allen have made it, as both are SSSOOOOOO devoid of talent, ALL of little perv woody's "movies" are the same idiotic story of attractive fem falling for grotesque little troll. Nicholson side of story is sadly realistic, (well to do grotesque old fart screws only fems young enough to be his little girl), mirrors his own life really. Thank goodness for characters of Marin, Zoe & Dave, all should have been bigger! And wow, who in Heaven could believe kenu could act, NOT ME, but I was actually impressed, and despite that, who for even a heart beat would believe , young, attractive doctor being HOT FOR GRANDMA!?!? GROSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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Bilge Water from the Bottom of the Rom-Com Boat

Author: HughBennie-777 from Italy
5 October 2013

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The equivalent of porn, except here the bouncing buttocks and close-ups come in the form of privileged, disgusting old people yuppies who behave like hormonal teenagers, struggling with their sex and relationship issues. To see Diane Keaton play such a twitchy, desperate, unintelligent woman alongside Jack Nicholson's creepy 60-something lech--who is supposed to be cute--then expect the audience to celebrate their whiny asses falling in love? Enough to make teenage girls commit suicide at the thought of getting older. A wretched airplane movie that confirms that director Nancy Meyer is not only anti-female but the Antichrist.

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Nicksoon is great

Author: nell_ward from LA
12 March 2012

Meyers has written a witty, sophisticated screenplay that offers insights into any number of 'battle of the sexes' issues. She has outrageous fun exploring the phenomenon of middle-aged men cavorting with women half their age. Jack Nicholson, known in real life for doing just that, has a great time poking fun at his own public image while, at the same time, providing a richly textured portrait of a man who may not be quite as shallow as his persona would suggest. When he so unexpectedly finds his head turned by a vibrant, attractive and intelligent woman in her 50's, Harry, a middle-aged Lothario who finds he needs Viagra to help him keep pace with his youthful 'conquests,' is forced to re-evaluate what has hitherto been the defining philosophy of his personality and lifestyle. Nicholson is magnificent at showing us the profound confusion his character undergoes as he takes those much belated but faltering steps into adult maturity.

Nicholson is, however, only one half of this extraordinary couple. As the other half, Keaton, having been handed what is clearly the role of a lifetime, has never seemed so natural and self-assured on screen. She makes of the character a capable, no-nonsense woman who has allowed her passions to lie dormant far too long. Though, on the surface, she appears confident and in control of her life, Erica is, underneath it all, a woman wounded by past experience and intimidated by a culture that expects women to be put out to pasture the moment they reach middle age. It is this combination of strength and vulnerability that makes Erica such a complex, recognizable individual – and it is the very quality that Keaton captures so exquisitely in her performance. The chemistry generated between Keaton and Nicholson in this film is so glowing and palpable one wonders why no filmmaker ever saw the potential of this dynamic duo until now.

In addition to these two outstanding performers, the film boasts excellent supporting work from Frances McDormand as Erica's pragmatic, clear-headed sister; Amanda Peet as Erica's level-headed daughter; and Keanu Reeves as Harry's handsome young doctor who finds himself smitten by Erica's mature beauty and charm.

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Amusing rom-com weakened by unlikely ending

Author: mnpollio from United States
25 January 2011

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While not especially a huge fan of either Nicholson or Keaton, nor director/screenwriter Nancy Meyers, I must admit that this mature romantic comedy certainly does have enough highlights and memorable moments to make viewing it worthwhile. Over-the-hill cad Nicholson suffers a heart attack while romping with his much younger girl toy (Amanda Peet) at her mother Diane Keaton's beach house. Circumstances require the flustered and not very amused Keaton to play nursemaid to Nicholson and the two fall in love, but not without pitfalls.

On the downside, Meyers direction is occasionally uneven and the film shares a problem of some of her earlier work in that it drags on longer than is really necessary, but these are relatively minor complaints.

Nicholson is well cast as the Lothario who refuses to consider a relationship with a woman his age until trapped with one and then doesn't know how to sustain said relationship. The initial dinner table conversation where he unwittingly keeps managing to offend Keaton is quite funny, as are Keaton's reactions to having to be saddled with an overgrown kid as a housemate. Keaton often seems ill-at-ease to me on camera, but here she inhabits the role of a successful playwright experiencing romance from unlikely sources and hits all of the right notes. The slapstick scene where Nicholson accidentally walks in on her naked and her comical reaction is deservedly singled out as a great comic moment in filmdom. Keaton is warm and personable and easily deserved the Oscar nomination that this film brought her. Peet is largely wasted as her daughter, while it is difficult to understand how or why an actress the stature of Frances McDormand got stuck with the nothing role of Keaton's sister, who is basically on hand to hook her up with an adoring young doctor (Keanu Reeves) who is treating Nicholson and makes a third corner of a romantic triangle.

While Reeves is surprisingly appealing here, his character is little more than a plot contrivance and the writing surrounding this character weakens the final third of the film. Reeves' doctor is a handsome, successful, good-natured guy who is obviously impressed by and ultimately in love with Keaton shortly after their meeting. In short, he would be a catch that any woman would kill for. Yet Keaton spends much of the film forgetting him and taking him for granted. When Nicholson is sprung from her care and immediately is unfaithful, Keaton falls back on Reeves and they develop a relationship. Although it should be ideal, it sometimes looks as though Keaton's character holds the Reeves' character at arms length - as though she cannot allow herself to warm to the new relationship because she knows by the climax she needs to fall back into Nicholson's arms, an approach that weakens the romantic triangle and makes the film seem more generic than it should. The final scenes are fairly unbelievable. Moments before Reeves' is about to propose to Keaton, they run into Nicholson on the street. A moment later Keaton returns to Nicholson to announce that Reeves detected an old chemistry between them and gallantly stepped aside so they could be together. It is definitely a "WHAT THE...?!" moment. It takes place completely offscreen and requires a herculean suspension of disbelief of common sense and human nature. The film fails to answer why a woman as intelligent as Keaton would run back to an unfaithful cad at all, much less drop a great guy who was about to propose to her to do so, without so much as a regret or a look backward. And cinematic gallantry aside, would there be any guy in the world that would blithely take a back seat with the woman he loves and cross himself out of the race based on a chance meeting on the street? It is an ending that just plain doesn't work in that it is difficult to believe that Keaton would resume such a relationship with the guy who stomped on her heart.

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