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Encyclopedia > Something's Gotta Give (film)
Something's Gotta Give

film poster
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Written by Nancy Meyers
Starring Jack Nicholson
Diane Keaton
Keanu Reeves
Frances McDormand
Amanda Peet
Music by Hans Zimmer
Editing by Joe Hutshing
Distributed by Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures (USA)
Warner Bros. (non-USA)
Release date(s) December 12, 2003 (U.S. release)
Running time 128 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Something's Gotta Give is an American movie released in 2003. It is not to be confused with the 1962 film of a similar title. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), better known as Jack Nicholson or The Jack is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Oscar-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress, best known for her role as Marge Gunderson in Fargo. ... Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American actress. ... Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is an Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe award-winning film score composer. ... Joe Hutshing is an American film editor who grew up in San Diego, California and is most well known for working multiple times with film director, Oliver Stone and well as with film director Cameron Crowe (who is also from San Diego, California). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Warner Bros. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... // Events Dr. No launches the James Bond film series, the longest-running motion picture franchise of all time, running more than 40 years. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Summary

Harry Sanborn is a wealthy New York businessman who has had a habit of dating women under 30 for 40 years. When he and his latest conquest, Marin Barry, drive to her mother's Hamptons beach house on the coast, his life turns upside down. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A beach house in Surfside Beach, Texas, United States A beach house is a house on or near a beach, generally used as a vacation (or secondary) home for people who commute to the house on weekends or during vacation periods. ...


Expecting to be alone, Harry and Marin are surprised by Marin's mother, successful playwright Erica Barry, and her sister Zoe (Frances McDormand). After an awkward dinner, the night turns disastrous when—during foreplay with Marin—Harry has a heart attack and is rushed to hospital. The handsome young doctor, Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves), tells Harry to stay in the area for a few days, and so Harry ends up staying with Erica. Their differing personalities initially make for awkward living arrangements, until the two begin to get to know each other. Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress, best known for her role as Marge Gunderson in Fargo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Soon, the two have fallen in love, they live very different lifestyles—Erica's determination to be single and independent, and Harry's constant desire for new women and experiences—combined with the fact that Harry is dating Marin and Julian has fallen for Erica, leave the two struggling to deal with their current relationships with others, but also work on their own. Marin soon breaks up with Harry after she suspects that he's in love with her mother. The break up is not out of anger, but rather she wants her mother to be able to have a relationship with him and for her own life to move on. Harry and Erica spend more time together and the relationship they have with each other gets even more serious. Harry's improving health means that he no longer has to stay with Erica, and in a very awkward decision, he heads home.


Meanwhile, Marin receives news that her father, Erica's ex-husband who she still allows to direct her plays, is getting remarried. Although Erica is unaffected by the news, Marin is devastated, exhibiting self-centered behavior which implies that she is the only one this concerns. She pressures her mother into going to dinner with Marin to see her ex-husband and his new fiancée. At dinner, Erica is the life of the party until she sees Harry at another table with another woman, and is crushed, because she realizes that she still loves him. Harry spots Erica and tries to convince her that the woman was just a friend and that they weren't in a relationship. In the argument that follows, Harry suffers from what he believes is another heart attack and is rushed to the hospital where he is told that it is only a panic attack but he must rest if he doesn't want to end up in the hospital every week. The female doctor tells him that if he was her 'Dad' she would not want him out alone so soon after a heart attack, clearly emphasizing his age. Harry goes home in an attempt to get some rest.

Erica, on the other hand, also goes back home and breaks down into tears. Although she is heartbroken, she figures that the events that are happening in her own life would be great to use in a play, and thus she starts to write a play on the whole experience. While at lunch with a friend, presumably an actress, Harry hears her ramble about a new play that she is auditioning for and starts to summarize it while explaining how funny it is. Harry nearly chokes when he realizes the play is about him and rushes to the stage where it is being rehearsed, and sees Erica. They don't manage to heal the wounds that have been made and Erica tells Harry to get on with life. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The story then opens up six months later in Paris where Erica is spending her birthday with her new boyfriend, Julian, whom she met when Harry had his first episode. Harry shows up to the restaurant where she is eating because of an agreement they made earlier, that they'd spend their birthdays (Erica in January, Harry in February) together in Paris. Harry and Erica are extremely happy to see each other and once again realize how much they love each other. Erica's boyfriend interrupts when he enters the restaurant a little late. They never have time to really tell each other their true feelings until hours after the dinner.


While Harry is gazing over a canal in the Paris night, Erica pulls up in a taxi. She gets out and explains to Harry that Julian figured that they both still loved each other. Harry and Erica kiss and it's assumed that they get married. The movie resumes about one year and a half later at another restaurant in New York. Erica and Harry are eating out with Marin and her new husband with their year old daughter.


Main characters

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), better known as Jack Nicholson or The Jack is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit-oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The word physician should not be confused with physicist, which means a scientist in the area of physics. ... For the record label, see Hospital Records. ... Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American actress. ... An auctioneer and her assistants scan the crowd for bidders An auction is the process of buying and selling things by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder. ... The Christies auction house in South Kensington, London Christies American branch in Rockefeller Center, New York Christies is a fine art auction house, the largest and by some accounts the oldest in the world. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Oscar-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ...

Reception

Awards (3)

Golden Globes: The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Diane Keaton)

National Board of Review: The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ...

  • Best Actress (Diane Keaton)

Satellite Awards: The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ...

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Diane Keaton)

Nominations (7)

Academy Awards: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

Art Directors Guild: The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Art Directors Guild is the guild of the American Art Directors. ...

  • Excellence in Production Design Award: Feature Film - Contemporary Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing 199 television, radio and online critics. ...

Casting Society of America: The Critics Choise Award for Best Actress is one of the nineteen awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. ... Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1982, the Casting Society of America (CSA) is a professional society of about 350 casting directors for film, television, and theatre in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, and the United States. ...

  • Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy (Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson)

Golden Globes The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Jack Nicholson)

Motion Picture Sound Editors: The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Founded in 1953, Motion Picture Sound Editors (M.P.S.E.) is an honorary society of motion picture sound editors. ...

  • Best Sound Editing in a Feature: Music, Feature Film

Screen Actors Guild Awards: The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an annual award given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to recognize outstanding performances by members. ...

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Diane Keaton)

External links

Preceded by
"The Last Samurai"
List of Box Office #1 Movies
December 14, 2003
Succeeded by
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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Somethings Gotta Give review *3/4 out of **** - Movie Poster and Trailer (505 words)
The theatrical preview for Nancy Meyers' new film "Somethings Gotta Give" was one of the funnier movie trailers of the season, especially during a certain scene with Jack Nicholson walking in on a naked and unsuspecting Diane Keaton.
The film's story involved the life awakening experience of an aging man named Harry Langer (Nicholson), who prior to meeting Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) had only dated women who were much younger than him, such as Erica's daughter Marin.
In the end, "Something's Gotta Give" was surprising in that the humorous parts in the movie's trailer weren't even half as funny in the film.
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In the case of writer/director Nancy Meyers' latest film, Something's Gotta Give, not only did I not enjoy the final cut of the movie, I couldn't fathom why anyone else would either.
Obviously still hurting from her divorce from her first husband and the resulting and severe self-image problems that accompanied it, Barry goes from headcase to cool and collected in the span of 72 hours.
As best as I can see, Meyers continues to succeed as the director of romantic-comedies because there are simply no alternative films being mass-released to America to give her brand of blatantly bland and formulaic movies a run for its money.
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