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At Theaters: 12/12/2003 On Video: 3/30/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419967
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Harry Langer has a string of beautiful young girlfriends. During a romantic rendezvous with his newest girlfriend, at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains and eventually winds up being nursed by Marin's reluctant mother. In the process, Harry develops more heart pangs -- the romantic kind -- for a woman who is finally right for him in every way.
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Romantic Comedy - This is a romantic comedy pitched toward an adult audience, particularly older adults. Sexual content makes the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jack Nicholson ANGER MANAGEMENT, ABOUT SCHMIDT, THE PLEDGE
Diane Keaton TOWN & COUNTRY, HANGING UP, THE OTHER SISTER
Frances McDormand CITY BY THE SEA, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
Keanu Reeves THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS, THE MATRIX RELOADED
Amanda Peet IDENTITY, IGBY GOES DOWN, CHANGING LANES
Director: Nancy Meyers WHAT WOMEN WANT, THE PARENT TRAP
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About The Production
The East Comes West
Playing Dress Up
Eastward Ho
Le Grand Finale
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-word's, 1 S-word, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations and unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Wisecracks and slapstick; lots of sex-related jokes.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Something's Gotta Give will likely be viewed by most audiences as a "chick flick," and it's probably an apt description. The film will strike its most solid chord with older women, who will applaud what Meyers has to say. Like in her previous outing, What Women Want, she manages to use comedy and romance to get across a message. And, despite the weak dialogue, there are still some laughs to be had.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good A movie like this depends crucially on its stars. To complain that Nicholson is playing "himself" -- or that Keaton is also playing a character very much like her public persona -- is missing the point. Part of the appeal depends on the movie's teasing confusion of reality and fiction.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Something's Gotta Give is peak Jack Nicholson, but Diane Keaton steals the show. Long (two hours plus) and heavy on dialogue (much of it crackling), Give gives Keaton her best role since 1977's Annie Hall won her an Oscar. Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year. What we gotta give is thanks.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 153 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
19
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
42
Very High
98%
30+Adults (F)
73
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 153 moviegoer opinions. These are some OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! It's rare for adults to give such a high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. Equally important is the lack of any low opinions. This is truly a movie everyone should enjoy very much. DON'T MISS "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years. During what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin (Amanda Peet), at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains. He winds up being nursed by Marin's reluctant mother, Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) -- a successful, divorced New York playwright. In the process, Harry develops more heart pangs -- the romantic kind -- for Erica, an age appropriate woman whom he finds beguiling.

However, some habits die hard. When Harry hesitates, his charming thirty-something doctor (Keanu Reeves) steps in and starts to pursue Erica. And Harry, who has always had the world on a string, finds his life unraveling.

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