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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.
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 CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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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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."
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
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.