Something's Gotta Give

As upscale sitcoms go, Something's Gotta Give has more to offer than most romantic comedies. Obviously working through some semi-autobiographical issues regarding "women of a certain age," writer-director Nancy Meyers brings adequate credibility and above-average intelligence to what is essentially (but not exclusively) a fantasy premise, in which an aging lothario who's always dated younger women (Jack Nicholson, more or less playing himself) falls for a successful middle-aged playwright (Diane Keaton) who's convinced she's past the age of romance, much less sexual re-awakening. As long as old pals Nicholson and Keaton are on screen discussing their dilemma or discovering their mutual desire, Something's Gotta Give is terrific, proving (in case anyone had forgotten) that Hollywood can and should aim for an older demographic. Myers falls short with the sitcom device of a younger lover (Keanu Reeves) who wants Keaton as much as Nicholson does; it's believable but shallow and too easily dismissed. Myers also skimps on supporting roles for Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, and Jon Favreau, but thankfully this is one romantic comedy that doesn't pander to youth. Mature viewers, rejoice! --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nancy Meyers
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 12 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
66
Rotten Tomatoes:
72%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
2003
128
$121,400,000
Website
6,078 Views

Erica:
I'm like the dumb girl that doesn't get it. I've never been the dumb girl before. It ain't great.

Harry:
Let's just calm down. I had these plans before I even met you. I mean, I do like seeing you. I do.

Erica:
[scoff] Yeah.

Harry:
I'm always surprised by it.

Erica:
Surprised by it? What was I thinking?

Harry:
I have never lied to you, I have always told you some version of the truth.

Erica:
The truth doesn't have versions, okay?

Harry:
Will you cut me a little slack? My life has just been turned upside down.

Erica:
Mine too!

Harry:
Well, then let's just each get our bearings.

Erica:
I don't want my bearings. I've had my bearings my whole goddamn life. I feel something with you I never really knew existed. Do you know what that's like, after a 20-year marriage to feel something for another person that is so...? That... Oh, Right. Right. Not your problem. God. Do you know that I've written this, but I never really got it? Do you know what this is?

Harry:
No.

Erica:
[Erica kisses Harry] This is heartbroken. How that's for impervious.

Harry:
You're killing me.

Erica:
I just wish that it had lasted more than a week.

Harry:
Me too.

Erica:
That's a terrible thing to say. You know, the life I had before you I knew how to do that. I could do that forever. But now, look at me. What am I going to do? What am I going to do with all this?

Harry:
Erica. Can you wait just a second? The truth is, I... I just... I don't know how to be a boyfriend.

Erica:
That's what you have to say after all of this? That you don't know how to be a boyfriend?

Harry:
That's not a small thing.

Erica:
[shakes head] Are we done?

Harry:
I don't know.

Erica:
Oh, my god.

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