"Something's Gotta Give" is a MUST SEE!

"Something's Gotta Give" is a MUST SEE!

It made me laugh it made me cry, Best romantic comedy I can remember seeing!

Getting to know each other, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton Photo by Bob Marshak

Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Frances McDormand star with Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet in a sophisticated romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give, from writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, The Parent Trap), which proves that in matters of the heart, you can expect the unexpected.

This film is pure entertainment, it never lets up giving you so much reality it hurts, with many layers of philosophy woven throughout this instant classic. There are no dull or slow spots but plenty of twists and turns that keeps you wondering what's next. The chemistry between Nicholson & Keaton is totally believable, Keanu Reeves was the perfect character of the ideal single handsome doctor that any girl or woman would pray for. In fact the entire cast was perfect, Jack Nicholson's performance is terrific as always and teamed together with the amazing Dianne Keaton whose acting is so extraordinary that she has to be nominated for an Oscar.

The remarkable Nancy Meyers not only wrote this clever gem, she directed it brilliantly and co-produced it with Bruce A. Block as well. Lookout Oscars.

As rarely is the case, the trailer of this gem of a movie is true to the movie and the movie is even better than the trailers.

The amazing Director/writer Nancy Meyers on the set Photo by Bob Marshak

Throughout her remarkable, and remarkably successful, two decade long career as a screenwriter and, now, director, Nancy Meyers has insightfully dissected the contemporary struggles between men and women. In an era when movies often sacrifice credible relationships in favor of technological wizardry, Meyers' films remain focused on how human beings relate to each other in love and family. Something's Gotta Give continues this tradition and expands on it. "Pretty much everything I've written has paralleled something in my own life," notes the filmmaker. "I must confess that I'm a little fascinated with the olderman-younger-woman scenario. "The other thing that interested me," Meyers continues, "was in a way the opposite of all that: Falling in love and emotionally opening up later in life. I just think that people falling in love late in life is as real and powerful as it is when they're 25."

In Something's Gotta Give, Meyers combined both those interests and, in addition, decided to explore the younger-man-older-woman relationship." Dealing with love between men and women beyond middle age wasn't a concern," Meyers states. "There's a universality to what happens between Harry and Erica. Love is love, and it doesn't matter at what age it happens, except maybe it hurts more, the older you get."

As Meyers conceived her story - even before the actual writing process - she decided upon the actors deemed perfect to essay the roles of Harry Sanborn and Erica Barry, respectively the uncommitted playboy and successful, divorced playwright, both of whom embark on an emotional adventure unlike any they imagined. The two actors she envisioned were Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

Jack Nicholson stars as Harry Sanborn Photo by Bob Marshak

Meyers had not yet worked with Nicholson, a genuine motion picture icon whose career seems to be going even stronger now than when he first became a star more than 30 years ago. But she already had a long history with Keaton, who had starred in several films Meyers co-wrote, including Baby Boom, Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II.

Keaton recalls the first time she read Meyers' work, the script for Baby Boom. "I loved it. I mean, what's not to love?" she says. "There was some fantastic writing in it. Her writing was always like 'coming home' in a way for me" "Nancy fought to cast me in Baby Boom," Keaton continues, " and this aspect of her personality is something amazing. It's like a dog with a bone, babe. If she wants to make it happen, it happens. And that's the way it is. Nancy is not only a great writer, she's a 'balls to the floor' producer. I'm not kidding. You don't come any stronger. She knows what she wants."

Jack gets loopy, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Amanda Peet Photo by Bob Marshak

After Meyers had worked out the first act, "I pitched it to Jack even though I only had a general view of what would happen next," she recalls. "I went up to his house in L.A., and he seemed very interested. Jack liked the subject matter, and he was encouraging, so I went on writing in hopes that he would like the final result. Diane also expressed interest in reading the script when it was completed. It took me about 10 months to write it, and about four or five months into the process I called Jack and Diane and said, 'It'll take about another five months,but I think we may have something here.'"

Keaton admired the story's universality, and the fact that it transcends age and generations. "It's the battle of the sexes, which is always the same, in a certain sense. Of course, it gets more pronounced as you get older. I mean, why would a guy who dates a lot of young women, and is so happy and content with his life,fall in love with an older, demanding woman who's every bit his equal?"

Dr. Deanu, Keanu Reeves stars as Dr. Julian Mercer Photo by Bob Marshak

For Meyers, Reeves was a dead-on choice to portray the young physician. "What's unexpected is not that Keanu is playing a doctor," she notes. "What's unexpected is that he's the other man."

Frances McDormand - whom Meyers deems "the best possible person" for the role of Zoe, Erica's feminist studies college professor sister was drawn in by a remarkable speech written by Meyers for the character which lays down - as pithily and pungently as possible - what most women over 40 must truly think about older men forever seeking younger women.

Hereee's Jack, Frances McDormand, Diane Keaton and Amanda Peet Photo by Bob Marshak

Amanda Peet, who portrays Marin, Erica's daughter, who is searching for love in all the wrong places, says she was terrified when she first read opposite Nicholson. "I mean, I was shaking like a leaf," she confesses. "But the thing about Jack is that he's so playful, alert and responsive."

You gotta see this film!

My Rating - 5 Mermaids

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