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Something's Gotta Give
Review by Susan Granger
3½ stars out of 4
In this sophisticated romantic comedy, Jack Nicholson plays 63 year-old
Harry Sanborn, a hip-hop/rap record producer who is incapable of relating to a
woman his own age. He's spending the weekend at the Hamptons beach house
belonging to Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), the mother of one (Amanda Peet) of his
twentysomething flings, when he suffers a heart attack. He's rushed to a nearby
hospital where a young ER doctor (Keanu Reeves) immediately recognizes Erica
and showers her with avid attention. But she's been divorced for years and is
in no mood to suffer the indignities of having chauvinistic Harry recover in
her care. Yet what choice does she have when he's ordered to spend several days
in the area under medical observation?
That's the playfully amusing battle-of-the-sexes set-up that
writer/director Nancy Meyers ("What Women Want") cultivates into a droll,
touching observation on the contemporary dating scene and the universality of
love and heartbreak - at any age. Despite the obvious plot contrivances, the
meticulously-developed characters are compelling and perfectly cast, including
supporting turns from Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser and Jon Favreau.
Lustrous, irresistible Diane Keaton performs with razor-sharp humor and a
dazzling, delicious delicacy, radiant in a glow created by master
cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Self-assured Jack Nicholson so cleverly plays
off his own brash off-screen image that their chemistry is not only splendid
but downright combustible. It's too bad that Oscar voters don't recognize
classy comedy with its own category. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10,
"Something's Gotta Give" is a laugh-out-loud 9. For adult audiences, it's a
hilarious holiday delight.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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