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"Something's Gotta Give"

HE IS 63 years old and loves younger women — and no wonder — he has been dating them for 40 years successfully without getting caught in matrimony.

Men like Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) and women of a `certain age' who stay home every night — because men like Harry form the subject of director Nancy Meyer's ("What Women Want," "Parent Trap") comedy.

Warner Bros', "Something's Gotta Give" is also about the fact that no matter what age, falling in love is something that just happens — just when you think you are done with it. And Harry at the moment is infatuated with the lovely Marin (Amanda Peet) who finds him interesting, funny and great fun to be with.

She plans a romantic weekend at her divorced mom, Erica Barry's (Diane Keaton) beach house and is appalled when `mommy dearest' stumbles upon the tryst — mom thinks Harry is an intruder till her daughter clears the mystery. Mom is also a very successful playwright and has also come to the beach house for a quiet weekend of writing.

But then things go beyond expectations when Harry suffers a heart attack.

The pretty young Marin does not know what to do and Erica ends up taking control (which she is very good at) and takes him to the local hospital where the handsome doctor, Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) really takes to the mature Erica.

Harry recovers enough to get out of the hospital but is still weak and needs to recuperate — he ends up a house guest at Erica's.

In other words, destiny plays its part and naturally Something's Gotta... .

A lot of things happen — including the doctor trying to woo Erica. You just might guess what would happen towards the end but don't get too smug about it. The course of love is filled with mishaps and rediscovery.

There are several moments of humour — its bound to be, especially when Harry thinks of himself as this suave attractive man and is brought down to earth when the doctors at the hospitals at various intervals think he is a `father, grandfather... ' And it takes an intensely secure artiste to be able to take that kind of kidding — and Jack Nicholson is not only enjoying his own situation but is gleefully devilish about it.

You might start loathing this character but end up finding him truly lovable. Diane Keaton brings a different kind of romance to her role of a woman who is highly-strung, neurotic, but incredibly cute and loving. And she's really got to the heart of the character.

The film is not as sharp or acerbic as one would tend to be on this subject — and the artistes give this story a lot of charm with their performances but one cannot understand how certain things like the overhead mikes continue to appear in the frames. Didn't they check for things like this in the copy approved for viewing?

CHITRA MAHESH

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