Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.
There's nothing particularly surprising about this film due to its own description; because of this, the way in which the characters are introduced to one another ultimately does not matter since the audience knows about the inevitable conclusion. Despite that, this movie opens and makes a strong point of highlighting the differences each character has from one another and ultimately creates a giant gap of metaphorical space that must eventually be removed. This seems nearly impossible at first and comes to fruition over the course of scenes where the pace varies meticulously and in an unpredictable manner. As a result, viewers can be assured that the experience of watching ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ is refreshing as opposed to monotonous and alluring as opposed to boring.
I sincerely would like to know whose idea it was to cast both Nicholson in Reeves as potential intimate partners in this film; their natural dispositions make them inevitable foils to one another and this is ultimately an expected and perhaps even inescapable source of conflict. Reeves is bright eyed and simmering with ambition whereas Nicholson Is intimidating and rather cynical at his core. This conflict never overtly manifests or shows itself as jealousy, but this unconsciously prepares the viewer to extensively examine the relationship they have with Erica over the course of the entire story.
It would be fair to compare the story to the one portrayed in ‘The Notebook’, but the raw authenticity of the characters separates this one from what is often shown as the ‘picture perfect’ - most often too perfect- example of a relationship. Harry is distinguishably neglectful when considering how his thoughts and/or behaviors might affect other people, and he isn't the best “reading the room”. Marin is so beautiful in that her obvious creativity as a writer makes her exceptionally sensitive and also sometimes makes her all the more insecure. At the end of the day this isn’t a film that encourages us to love blindly but is in fact the opposite: this movie encourages us to love with our eyes completely wide open to any opportunities and blemishes that can potentially make themselves known to us.
A particular amount of charm is maintained by the various ways in which the tone changes over the course of this film. The humor is at times self-deprecating and encompases the awkward way in which our two lovebirds eventually find ways to relate to another; They laugh at one another while simultaneously acknowledging their own shortcomings. Scenes that some might describe as sleazy still manage to have a particular amount of class that somehow always makes itself known.
Don't get the wrong impression here - the plot is ultimately rather unoriginal and may make some people bored out of their skulls.
It's nothing to write home about, but it's a healthy dose of hilarity and sincerity: Can we really ask for more?
I would recommend