Because both Erica and Harry have been around the block a few times, they bring a lifetime of baggage to their burgeoning attachment.Thus, unlike in the vast majority of romantic comedies, which are clearly geared to the younger generation, the lovers here have a depth not often encountered when the focus is on two inexperienced neophytes.To see her interact with Nicholson and see them play out their initial dislike, their cautious flirtation which becomes actual attraction, and see what happens to both of them once Nicholson chickens out to go back to philandering is what romantic comedies are made of.
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It takes the experience that comes from living to make a person interesting, after all.
Thanks to the quality of the writing and the performances, 'Something's Gotta Give' takes its place among the great romantic comedy/dramas like 'Two For the Road,' 'Annie Hall,' 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'The American President.' That's mighty august company indeed.
I laughed to tears over her creativity surge-- she very accurately portrayed that kind of grief over a relationship lost... I must say however, that if I were in a position to choose between Keannu Reeves and Jack Nicholson..
well there's no decision to make--the young stud muffin would win in a heartbeat! Romance among the AARP set in a movie is never an easy proposition, pardon the pun. The audience wants to be swept off its feet, but it doesn't want anything that's overly salacious.
Nicholson is magnificent at showing us the profound confusion his character undergoes as he takes those much belated but faltering steps into adult maturity.
Nicholson is, however, only one half of this extraordinary couple.Meyers has written a witty, sophisticated screenplay that offers insights into any number of 'battle of the sexes' issues.She has outrageous fun exploring the phenomenon of middle-aged men cavorting with women half their age.The chemistry generated between Keaton and Nicholson in this film is so glowing and palpable one wonders why no filmmaker ever saw the potential of this dynamic duo until now.In addition to these two outstanding performers, the film boasts excellent supporting work from Frances Mc Dormand as Erica's pragmatic, clear-headed sister; Amanda Peet as Erica's level-headed daughter; and Keanu Reeves as Harry's handsome young doctor who finds himself smitten by Erica's mature beauty and charm.'Something's Gotta Give' is that rare romantic comedy that not only acknowledges the romantic inclinations of people over forty, but also recognizes the emotional complexities of their relationships.Even though Erica is disgusted by the situation, she is forced to take care of Harry after he suffers a heart attack while staying at her place.