Something’s Gotta Give (2003)–Review

Dir. Nancy Meyers
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet, etc.
128 minutes

Reid Said: June 11, 2004 at 2:03 pm

Something’s Gotta Give (7 out of 10)

About half way through this film, I found myself pleasantly surprised. First of all, I’m pretty tired of Jack Nicholson’s persona, but I really enjoyed him in this. You had that wonderful Nicholson charm and charisma, without the cockiness and edge. In it’s place, he brought in a sweetness and vulnerability (that, to me, he lacked in films like About Schmidt and As Good as It Gets). Those two qualities made him really appealing to me.

Diane Keaton also really turns in a fine performance. (I remember scoffing at her Academy nomination, but I was wrong.) There are some really touching, heart-breaking scenes in this film, and a lot of it is due to the acting.

(Some spoilers)

If there is a downside, I didn’t care for the flow of the movie. It seemed like the film needed to be edited or re-written a little more. Nicholson and Keaton’s characters sort of separate, and the way they get back together takes a meandering journey I thought. A lot of people may disagree with this, though.

Anyway, it’s definitely an above average romantic comedy. I didn’t find it really funny, but I liked both Keaton and Nicholson. The dialogue and the romance is also solid.

Mitchell Said: June 12, 2004 at 12:53 am

I liked that movie, too. Frances McDormand kicks butt in whatever she’s in. And I agree with your assessment of the second half. It was a bit long.

Jenn Said: June 13, 2004 at 10:24 pm

I agree with Reid about the ending of Something’s Gotta Give. In my opinion, it felt too….convenient. Also, I didn’t get a sense that any significant amount of time had passed by before the reunion.

I see Reid’s point about being tired of Jack’s characters because after a while they all sort of blend together since they are so similar. I’m a fan of Jack’s, but there’s no denying this.

However, his persona fit this character perfectly. The feeling I got during/after this film brought back memories of Jack the Joker in Batman. Mock me if you will, but it was a perfect match. A better match, I’d say, than Willem Defoe as Norman Osborn.

burgess Said: August 1, 2004 at 10:18 am

Something’s Gotta Give

I was disappointed with this movie. From the beginning, I really wanted to like it. In fact, I almost convinced myself that it was a good movie, but despite some really good scenes between Nicholson and Keaton, in the end, it didn’t win me over.

I agree with some of the other comments people made about this movie. It needed to be rewritten, reedited, or re-something. I would say recast, but I don’t think Keanu Reeves was the big problem with the movie, although he clearly did not hold his own when appearing with Nicholoson or Keaton. There was too much disconnect.

I felt as if I was watching a far-less interesting version of As Good as it Gets.

Reid Said: August 2, 2004 at 1:37 pm

John,

I enjoyed SGG a lot more than AGAIG mainly because Nicholson was more believable–or maybe the word is palatable–for me. In AGAIG, I didn’t buy his vulnerability and insecurity. I felt Nicholson couldn’t get past his super-confident, cokcy persona.

I did buy his vulnerability in SGG. He toned down his performance to the point where he didn’t have that wildness that many of his other performances had (including the one in AGAIG).

I also had a hard time buying the relationship in AGAIG. Again, I had no problem in the SSG. With some rewrites and revision, SSG could have been great. They had the characters and the relationship. They just needed to clean up the story.

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