Something s Gotta Give

  • Directors: Nancy Meyers
  • Producers: Nancy Meyers
  • Writers: Nancy Meyers
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a wealthy New York music mogul who has had a habit of dating women under 30 for 40 years. When he and his latest conquest, Marin Klein (Amanda Peet), drive to her mother’s Hamptons beach house on the coast, his life turns upside down.

Expecting to be alone, Harry and Marin are surprised by Marin’s mother, successful playwright Erica Barry (Diane Keaton), and her sister Zoe (Frances McDormand). After an awkward dinner, the night turns disastrous when — during foreplay with Marin — Harry has a heart attack and is rushed to a hospital. The handsome young doctor, Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves), tells Harry to stay in the area for a few days, and so Harry ends up staying with Erica. Their differing personalities initially make for awkward living arrangements (seeing her naked), until the two begin to get to know each other.

Soon, the two have fallen in love, they live very different lifestyles — Erica’s determination to be single and independent, and Harry’s constant desire for new women and experiences — combined with the fact that Harry is dating Marin and Julian has fallen for Erica, leave the two struggling to deal with their current relationships with others, but also work on their own. Marin soon breaks up with Harry after she suspects that he’s in love with her mother. The break up is not out of anger, but rather she wants her mother to be able to have a relationship with him and for her own life to move on. Harry and Erica spend more time together and the relationship they have with each other gets even more serious. Harry’s improving health means that he no longer has to stay with Erica, and in a very awkward decision, he heads home.

While Harry is gazing over the river Seine in the Paris night saying “look who gets to be the girl” as it starts to snow, Erica pulls up in a taxi. She gets out and explains to Harry that Julian figured that they both still loved each other. Harry says “I’m 63 years old and for the first time in love”. Harry and Erica kiss; the movie resumes about one year and a half later at another restaurant in New York. Erica and Harry are eating out with Marin and her new husband with their year old child.

What Women Want

  • Directors: Nancy Meyers
  • Producers: Susan Cartsonis, Bruce Davey, Gina Matthews, Nancy Meyers, Matt Williams
  • Writers: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Bette Midler

Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), a Chicago ad executive who grew up with his Las Vegas showgirl mother – and so has an alpha male view of women, which works well for him when it comes to getting men to buy beer or cars or getting most women (such as a coffee attendant Marisa Tomei at a local shop) to fawn over him. However, just as he thinks he’s heading for a promotion, his manager Dan (Alan Alda) informs him that he needs to hire the talents of Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt) to keep the ad company ‘fresh’ and get new clients. Thus, his ego is bruised and he gives the cold shoulder to Darcy in the process.

Compounding his problems, his estranged 15-year-old daughter Alex is spending two weeks with him while his ex-wife Gigi goes on her honeymoon with her new husband. Alex sees Nick as someone she’s embarrassed to have as a father, and is not interested in his being ‘protective’ when she brings a boyfriend home.

Needing to prove that he’s still ‘the best’ to Darcy and Dan, Nick attempts to think of ad angles for a series of feminine products that Darcy gave out to the workers. While in the bathroom, he accidentally slips on some bath beads and falls into a bathtub while holding an electric hairdryer. He tries to get out, but slips and the dryer falls into the tub while he still has one foot in, jolting him with electricity.

Nick then goes over to Darcy’s apartment and explains everything to her. Darcy regains her job and is forced to fire Nick. However, she finds that she has romantic feelings for Nick as well, and is willing to forgive him.