Something's Gotta Give
Directed by Nancy Meyers
Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Amanda Peet, Keanu
Running Time: 128 minutes
Harry (Nicholson) is one of the worlds most eligible bachelors
on the planet, and he never dates his age. He happens to
be dating Zoe Barry (Peet), when their weekend party is
crashed by none other than her mother, famous playwright
Erica Barry (Keaton). She is repulsed by Harry, but agrees
to share the place with him for the weekend. Harry's heart,
however, feels otherwise, as a slight heart attack keeps
him confined to the house indefinitely ..
The first two acts of Something's Gotta Give are excellent,
mostly thanks to Jack's natural charisma (he was only playing
himself after all). Both he and Keaton had amazing chemistry,
which was was nice to see as the relationship slowly developed.
There were also several great comedic moments. It was beginning
to look like a much better than average romantic comedy.
When Act 2 was over, the movie seems like it will follow
suit and end shortly. Not so. It continues and the plot
gets even bigger. At some point it transforms itself from
a light romantic adventure between Nicholson and Keaton,
into a film about Nicholson's own self-searching and Keaton's
emotional instability. This could have worked if it had
1) retained the same excellent writing as the first half,
2) not been so overacted, and 3) been about half as long.
As for the acting, I expected a strong performance from
Diane Keaton after all the critical raves, but I was extremely
disappointed. I expected it to be a good performance at
least, but no, it was horribly overracted. None of her performance
appeared genuine, and while some of it might not have been
intended to be so, I'm certain that the rest did. Jack Nicholson
delivered a charming performance, but he essentially just
played himself. We all know Jack's charisma and love him
for it -- he's just an entertaining guy to watch. Jack's
personality mostly carried the film, but overall wasn't
enough to save it.