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Issue: Summer 2003-4

Something's Gotta Give (2003) movie review

Love and the Escape Artist

Schmucks are people, too.

Erica (Diane Keaton) is a successful, divorced, writer-of-a-certain age whose adult daughter is dating Harry The Escape Artist (Jack Nicholson), a 63-year-old bachelor who never dates anyone near A Certain Age. When they all arrive at her beach house she is called in to save him with C.P.R. and then to play host to him as he recuperates close to the hospital and his 36-year-old doctor (Keanu Reeves). The young doctor is both a fan and a personal admirer of Erica and as a friendship grows between Erica and Harry they form an unlikely romantic triangle.

Movie poster, Something's Gotta Give; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give is Nancy Meyers at full strength - insightful, funny, and well-paced. She manages clever characterisation of individuals while giving their highs and lows a universality that makes them interesting and pertinent to a broader audience.

Beautiful to look at, amusing and thoughtful to watch, this film is a benchmark in the so-called romantic comedy genre.

Movie poster, Something's Gotta Give; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Something's Gotta Give

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 8 January 2004
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See also: Nancy Meyers also wrote It's Complicated ; The Holiday ; The Parent Trap; Father of the Bride II; Father of the Bride; Jumpin' Jack Flash(as Patricia Irving); Baby Boom ; Irreconcilable Differences ; Private Benjamin

Just the facts:

Title: Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Written by: Nancy Meyers
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
running time: 128 mins

The Players: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves , Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, Paul Michael Glaser

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