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Lech Fall in Love: In the Comedy 'Something's Gotta Give,' Jack Nicholson Finally Hits on Someone His Own Size-Diane Keaton

Magazine article Newsweek

Lech Fall in Love: In the Comedy 'Something's Gotta Give,' Jack Nicholson Finally Hits on Someone His Own Size-Diane Keaton

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Byline: David Ansen

The premise of Nancy Meyers's romantic comedy is so sure-fire it's amazing (though not really surprising, given how close it cuts to home) that Hollywood hasn't tackled it before. While dating a sexy twentysomething girl, an old rake famous for never dating any woman over 30 finally falls in love. Not with the girl, however; with her mother. This is a concept a few million women are going to find irresistible.

In "Something's Gotta Give," Jack Nicholson is the horny, Viagra-assisted old dog Harry Sanborn, a successful, never-married 63-year-old entrepreneur who never seems to work. Amanda Peet plays the lithe young art auctioneer Marin he's hoping to seduce at her family's beach home in the Hamptons. Diane Keaton is her divorced mom, the svelte, famous playwright Erica Barry, who wasn't supposed to be at the house this weekend. That's the first curve Harry is thrown. Then, on the verge of seducing Marin, he collapses with a heart attack, and is forced to recuperate under Erica's reluctant care. Most disorienting of all, he gradually finds himself falling for her. Complicating matters further, his dashing young doctor (Keanu Reeves) also goes gaga for this older woman. Can a commitment-phobic old goat, shaken by his brief encounter with mortality, learn how to love an age-appropriate woman? And can she let a man into her heart again?

Erica challenges Harry in a way he's not used to. …

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