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Volume 6, Issue 1                                    University of Houston

Keaton and Nicholson shine through weak plot

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Breaking News
 
What's wrong with love stories these days? Why do films insist on stinking up decent plots with the requisite bad laughs, annoying use of oldies and that predictable break-up only to make up? 
 
Director Nancy Meyers is guilty of a couple bad decisions in Something's Gotta Give, but thanks to Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, audiences won't feel bad about forgiving her by the end of the movie. 
 
With a plot that smells like Hollywood at its worst, Nicholson, whose Harry Sanborn is a businessman with young women on his mind, and Keaton, who plays Erica Barry, a renowned playwright, are able to shine like a couple of twentysomethings who've just found love. The veteran actors make the dialogue seem so natural. Perhaps Keanu Reeves, who stars as one of Erica's (Keaton) love interests, learned a thing or two about, oh I don't know, acting.
 
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

The clichéd storyline of Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give is saved by the onscreen chemistry of Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
 
Although it's a delight to watch Nicholson's character put on the relationship press, it's sad that so many male actors fail to carry even the lightest role of a film's romantic leading man. 
 
So, is Keaton's blush enough to make her the next 'it' girl of movies? Maybe not, but it is enough to make the likes of Jennifer Lopez stay away from romantic comedies. 
 
And if Meyers hopes to duplicate her success of Something's Gotta Give without the Nicholson/Keaton connection, she should avoid all the problems with the romantic comedy genre. 
 
About halfway through the movie, it seemed that Meyers, who wrote, directed and produced the work, was about to throw away everything Nicholson and Keaton had accomplished. That didn't happen, but one can only wonder how sharp this movie could have been without scenes that did nothing but break up the leading pair's chemistry.

Something's Gotta Give
 
Rated: PG-13 
 
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton 
Warner Bros. Pictures 
 
The verdict: After finding a room, Nicholson and Keaton should find a good plot.


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