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Not one to understand the success of Nancy Meyers, “SOMETHING’S GOTTA
GIVE” pleasantly surprises. Meyers typically stretches out scenes
without rhyme or reason. While her remake of “PARENT TRAP” actually
had some fine moments, there was no intelligible explanation why a
family film had to stretch out for over two hours!
With her film “WHAT WOMEN WANT,” Meyers turned the adage “Less is
More” on its head, instead subscribing to the belief that “Lots” of
nothing is more!
In “SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE,” Nicholson plays Harry Langer, an aging
music executive infamous for dating extremely young women. In the
film’s hilarious opening moments, he’s busy attempting to woo Marin,
the young daughter of a famous writer, Erica, at her beach home.
Before things have a chance to get hot, Erica arrives with her
sister, and they all get to know eachother, albeit awkardly, over a
hilarious dinner and period of time together. After Harry has an
alarming, but minor heart attack, he returns from the hospital to
Erica’s home for some rest. His girlfriend and the aunt travel to the
city, and he’s left with the “mom.” It’s not hard to predict the two
are going to begin feeling an attraction to one another.
Complicating Nicholson’s new feelings is competition from a much
younger suitor, Julian(Keanu Reeves in a fine performance), a doctor
from the Emergency Room visit of Harry.
The dialogue isn’t anything stellar, but Nicholson’s incredible
talent can make even average lines appear like they’re written by
Paddy Chayevsky. The film’s ability to please is almost entirely due
to Jack, and his chemistry with everyone around him.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement. The cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus,
is wonderful, but the image never feels as sharp as it could be.
Colors are solid, contrast is fine and fleshtones are natural.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While there
are some discrete “surround” moments, most of the mix is delegated to
a standard comedy atmosphere. The music is well complimented,
although focused towards the front soundstage. Dialogue is always
intelligible and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided some extras for this release. An audio
commentary with Nicholson and Meyers offers plenty of entertaining
moments as well as some frank discussion relating to his affection
for the material and production stories.
Another commentary offers Meyers, producer Bruce Brock and Diane
Keaton. It’s more technical than the other track, and far less
There is a deleted scene offering Nicholson’s character singing to
Keaton ala Karaoke. A short featurette and various trailers are also