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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

  Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Written by: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand, Jack Nicholson, Amanda Peet, Keanu Reeves
Links: Something's Gotta Give on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 5.50 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 147th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"What has happened to me?" - a review by pearly

Congratulations, Something's Gotta Give. You have the honour of being the first movie during which I noticed CAP Codes. In fact, they appeared on Diane Keaton's face at one point. Nice. So, even though it's not your fault, I'm going to subtract a point from my rating for this film. If anyone thinks that's unfair, well, too bad for them.

In Something's Gotta Give, Keaton plays Erica, a playwright with a daughter named Marin (Amanda Peet). Erica and her sister Zoe (Frances McDormand) have come to stay at their holiday house, and they discover a scantily-clothed Harry (Jack Nicholson) helping himself to stuff outta the fridge. They immediately dial 911, but Harry explains that he is here with Marin, whom he is dating. And before you can say "The Odd Couple", Erica and Harry are stuck in the beach house together, and neither of them are very happy about it.

Something's Gotta Give can be a little annoying at times, and if I were to use the word "funny" to describe it, then I would be talking about being funny in the kind of way that your typical drunken uncle is funny. The jokes are pretty predictable, but sometimes, they hit the spot. Nicholson doesn't seem to be trying too hard: his character in the first part of the movie seems to be just a caricature of himself, but that doesn't matter too much. And I thought that Keaton was quite good. The only thing that bothered me was that she seemed to be going a little over-the-top at times, and while this worked for Nicholson, it didn't always suit her.

But actually, two of the supporting actors blow even these two veterans outta the water. McDormand is absolutely stunning - she is gorgeous in her nearly-50-year-old body, and the character comes out of her so naturally it's an absolute pleasure to watch. I wish she had had more screen time. And then, there's Keanu Reeves. I don't usually have much time for him, nope, not much time at all. In Something's Gotta Give, he plays a young doctor, Julian, who falls for the older Erica. And even though after having seen this himself, mino asked me, "So, what do we think of Keanu Reeves?", and my response was "weirdo", he managed to win me over with this role. I don't know what it was that did it, but I thought he was brilliant. Maybe it was just that he was surrounded by bigger personalities, so he took more of a back seat. He mustn't have been perfect though, because I noticed the scar below his lip quite a bit (an absolutely amazing actor can make me forget about things like that: Joaquin Phoenix manages this often).

Something's Gotta Give is a feel-good film - don't try to take it too seriously, especially, if you're inclined to such things, the instant chat parts of it. Maybe I'm going soft in my old age, but I enjoyed my time with this film. Or maybe, the thing that I don't want to admit is really true: deep down I'm just a hopeless romantic. Nah, it couldn't be that.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 1 Mar 2004

"(insert John Cougar Mellencamp pun here)" - a review by mino

Look, if you go into a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, you know what exactly what you're going to get. You're not going to get the Jack Nicholson showing everything he's got in the acting stakes, like in About Schmidt (2002); you're going to get the coasting-along-without-really-trying Jack Nicholson, like in As Good As It Gets (1997) — the Jack that turns up, does his cranky-cheeky-wicked schtick, and then buggers off home. Add in Diane Keaton, who only ever plays the same role in everything she's in — uptight mid-life-crisis-woman — and you should be well prepared for a brainless romantic comedy about two totally mismatched old people.

And, by gee, that's what you get. There's not even any point explaining the plot because, really, does it matter? No, no it does not.

While competently executed, Something's Gotta Give is no better or worse than any other movie of its type. The dialogue (which is what a movie like this absolutely hinges on) is OK, and funny in parts, but it's not going to set the world on fire, unless you're a middle-aged woman whose world is easily set on fire by such things.

The supporting cast is, frankly, a little odd — Keanu Reeves and Frances McDormand is an odd combination in anyone's book, for a start. McDormand is a little wasted here: her role is a minor one, but I wonder if big chunks were edited out of the movie, as it almost seems like the character was originally more important. As for Keanu, well… Keanu is as Keanu does. He's not great, but he's OK. The sight of him pashing Diane Keaton, though… that's replaced the whale in my nightmares, you can be sure of that.

If you're going to complain about the movie — and it seems a little churlish, because let's face it, I'm not really the target audience, and it's otherwise done fairly well — you'd complain that the movie is far too long, with the whole last half-hour seeming totally gratuitous and drawn out. For a ‘Romantic Comedy’, I didn't find it very romantic, or funny, but again, I'm sure there are those who would.

Fair to middling.

mino gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 24 Feb 2004

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Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 5.50
Lowest rating: 5 (by mino)
Highest rating: 6 (by pearly)
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