Something’s Gotta Give

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, Paul Michael Glaser, Rachel Ticotin,
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Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
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Even though I knew this was going to be an old people’s chick flick, I still wanted to see this. You gotta see movies with Jack in it! Even though he shows off his ass in this. That’s just..nasty. But the movie has a great balance of comedy and drama.

Something’s Gotta Give takes place in New York. In Manhattan and in yuppieville known as the Hamptons. Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a rich record label exec who starts to date a young girl Marian (Amanda Peet) and goes away to the Hamptons for the weekend. They stay at Marian’s Mom’s house, who’s a famous playwright, Erica Barry (Diane Keaton). Harry develops chest pains and has a minor heart attack during his stay at Erica’s house. Erica is forced to have Harry stay at her house, even though the two don’t get along very well. Erica starts to date Harry’s doctor Julian (Keanu Reeves), who’s a big fan of her work. Marian goes back to work in the city and Harry is stuck in the Hamptons falling for her Mother. When Marian comes back, she realizes that Harry and her aren’t meant for each other and split up. That’s when Harry and Erica get a little bit closer. But just like with most relationships, this one is a roller coaster ride.

I generally don’t watch too many romantic comedies, but sometimes I make an exception. It all depends on who’s directing the film or who’s in it. The film has an all-star cast so I was curious to see how well the movie was. My parents seemed to like it a lot. Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton have amazing chemistry together and play off each other well. Even Keanu Reeves is good in this movie. Sort of a different role than what he’s usually playing. I felt the movie was sort of long though. It’s over 2 hours long and I think they could have trimmed it down to an hour and half. The movie tends to drag on and on after awhile. One scene where they should have cut or trimmed was when Diane Keaton was crying for 5 minutes straight. It was painful to sit through and it didn’t really sound convincing either. Another painful yet funny scene was when Jack was in the hospital with his apron on, dancing around the nurses with his ass hanging out. I had to turn my face away. It was like looking directly into the sun, I might have gone blind.

I think if Jack wasn’t in this movie, I probably wouldn’t have seen this or probably wouldn’t have liked it as much. Even though this role feels like everything he has played before on screen, and how he probably is in real life; I still thought he was funny, snappy with his jokes and did a terrific job acting. Acting out a heart attack isn’t an easy job. Diane Keaton got nominated for a few awards for this role and I can see why she was nominated. Well minus the crying scenes haha. The dialogue is another good thing about this movie. There was a decent balance between drama and comedy, but towards the end it was more on the drama side. I might have done it differently but i’m not a director so.

There’s a couple of extras on here like 2 audio commentaries. One with Diane Keaton, Nancy Meyers and Bruce A. Block, and one commentary track with Jack, and Nancy Meyers. There’s a 3 minute (+) deleted scene where Harry sings Karaoke to Erica and I can see why they cut it out. It wasn’t funny or anything (well until he tries to speak French), but it was just long and didn’t really need to be in there. There’s a quick featurette with Amanda Peet giving the DVD viewers a tour of the Hampton house. That was very Eh. There’s filmographies and some previews to other movies so the extras weren’t that special on here.

– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Nancy Meyers, Diane Keaton and Producer Bruce A Block
– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Nancy Meyers and Jack Nicholson
– Harry Sings Karaoke to Erica
– Deleted Scene
– “Hamptons House Set Tour with Amanda Peet”
– Cast and Crew Filmographies
– Theatrical Previews

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: heart attack scenes, Harry dancing around in his hospital apron.
Rating: Rated PG-13
Running Time: 128 minutes
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