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Something's Gotta Give Review

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by Phil Hinton Apr 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Something's Gotta Give Review
    Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a play boy with a strong libido that would put younger men to shame. You see Harry is 63 years old but never dates women older than 30 and he is quite successful at it. The thought of dating someone his own age disgusts Harry and he never wants to see someone that old naked either. Harry's latest girlfriend (Amanda Peet) takes Hip Hop Record label owner Harry (a joke that should have been explored a little more) to her mother's Hampton beach house for the weekend. Of course the mother is not supposed to be there, but wouldn't you know it an embarrassing stand off occurs in the kitchen until Harry tells her that he is dating her daughter. What follows is a dinner table conversation full of laughs as they all discuss Harry as if he isn't there, until he has his heart attack anyway. So after being discharged from hospital Harry is told to stay local by the doctor (Keanu Reeves) and ends up staying at the mothers' house. Erica (Diane Keaton) is a successful divorced play writer and disgusted at the thought of having to nurse Harry as her daughter goes back to the city. However it's not long before Harry's heart strings are being pulled again, this time for love of an appropriately aged woman. But he better act fast as the Doctor also has the hots for Erica and is moving in.

    There are some great performances here, especially Jack Nicholson who is 100% Jack throughout the movie and Diane Keaton provides a character who is genuinely attracted to Harry. The chemistry never feels forced and the humour is also very good. What is wrong however is the running time, this should have been a 90 minute romantic comedy but Director Meyers seems to have a problem with telling the story in that time frame and we end up with a movie 45 minutes too long. This spoils what has gone before and the pacing is sluggish and boring in places. Just when things should wrap up we are forced to endure a third act which feels forced and unnecessary. Apart from that, Something's Gotta Give is not a bad movie and worthy of at least a rental viewing.