At 63 Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) has everything every guy wants: Money power and hordes of women under 30 throwing themselves at him. His current flame is Marin (Amanda Peet) whose mom famous Broadway playwright Erica Barry (Diane Keaton) has a sweet beach house in the Hamptons. The May-December couple has a romantic weekend in mind when they take the Long Island Expressway out to mom's fancy shack but their plans change when her high-strung mom and feminist aunt Zoe (Frances McDormand) turn up there too catching Harry raiding the fridge in his briefs. After such inauspicious beginnings it's not surprising that Harry and Erica are at each other's throats and shortly thereafter the stress gets to Harry and his ticker gives out. After consulting with hottie local doc Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) the crew decides that Harry unable to travel will have to recuperate in the Hamptons and Erica gets stuck taking care of the reluctant patient in her home while trying to write her new play. It all gets complicated when Erica and Harry start to fall for each other Marin breaks it off with Harry and Julian gets a yen to play doctor with Erica.
A deliciously well-cast romp Something's Gotta Give offers the versatile Keaton a sexy funny role--something that's no doubt hard for a woman over 30 to find in a town like Hollywood where lipo-sucked hips puffed lips tucked tummies and bouncy boobs tend to get more screen time than intelligent successful fiftysomething women whose brains are their biggest asset. Keaton runs with the opportunity proving that post-menopausal women can still be sexy and turning in what may be her best comic performance since Annie Hall. If her character is just the tiniest bit familiar she makes up for it with impeccable timing and great delivery of the film's generally smart dialogue. For once Nicholson's performance is enhanced by sharing the screen with an actress instead of the other way around; Keaton is every bit a match for his legendary talent and often commands more attention than he does. Still when the movie falls a bit flat and it occasionally does it's in the chemistry between the Nicholson and Keaton--she and Reeves make a much sexier onscreen couple. McDormand is formidable and funny as Erica's sister Zoe but her character regrettably all but disappears after the first act. Peet and Reeves don't have much to do comically compared to their older counterparts but they do well playing it straight against the rest of the outrageous cast.
Director/writer/producer Nancy Meyers is known for making films like this one with strong female characters. From her first producing/writing effort with Private Benjamin in 1980 to 2000's What Women Want which she produced Meyers' choice of films has changed with the times but stayed true to her primary focus--intelligent comedies with great roles for women. If her 1998 directorial debut with The Parent Trap remake could have been better chosen she's redeemed herself with Something's Gotta Give. Women everywhere especially those of a certain age will find in this film at last a love story that makes sense--and moviegoers around the country should be thrilled to see Nicholson finally get wise and hook up with somebody his own age.
Neurotic Jewish writer Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) is in love with beautiful aspiring actress Amanda (Christina Ricci) who has several troubling flaws: she hasn't had sex with him in six months her mother's just moved into their tiny apartment and she has a pretty nasty eating disorder to boot. It's no wonder Jerry's problems being what they are and this being a Woody Allen film that Jerry's in therapy. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be working but when Jerry meets fellow writer David Dobel (Allen) he finds in the older man a mentor and confidant. Trouble is the advice-spewing Dobel is even more neurotic (actually paranoid might be the more apt term) and troubled than Jerry.
If you're of the opinion as many people are that Woody Allen plays the same character in all of his films Anything Else isn't likely to dissuade you. In fact the movie may go some way toward proving you right since not only does Allen play the same neurotic Jewish guy he always plays as the director he has Biggs channeling his younger self from the hand gestures to the delivery of the platitudinous dialogue. Ricci provides a vaguely new character for an Allen film but her presence and her delivery are painfully film-school stilted as are Biggs' when he's not sharing the screen with Allen.
All that being said Anything Else nonetheless has some very funny classic Woody Allen moments and the neuroses of his previous films get kicked up a notch here. Dobel's well beyond neurotic; he's a virtual sociopath and he somehow convinces Jerry to buy a gun and build a survival kit. It's incredible to hear from Allen's mouth the words "Shrinks can't help you life is what it is " and the film's climax while pretty hard to swallow marks a turn in Allen's rehashing of essentially the same themes again and again and again. Allen fans shouldn't worry though: Jerry continues the ongoing thematic debate about the relative merits of L.A. versus New York; there are plenty of classic New York street shots; and the soundtrack is the smooth old-school jazz of Billie Holiday's era. Some things never change.
Reuters reports actor/comedian Paul Reubens, best known as the goofy children's show host Pee-wee Herman, pleaded innocent Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography. The charge stems from a November 2001 search of the actor's house, where authorities "uncovered materials that we believe depict minors engaged in sexual activity," the Los Angeles City Attorney's office told Reuters. Reubens, however, released a statement saying the charge was "untrue and without merit." According to Reubens' lawyer, what the police found were a handful of images from "an extensive collection of vintage physique art photography." The 50-year-old actor was not present at the arraignment. A pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 3.
The drug possession charge against The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin was dismissed Wednesday after the writer/producer completed his drug rehabilitation. Sorkin was arrested in April 2001 at the Burbank Airport in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The charges were dropped on the recommendation of Sorkin's probation officials.
Actor Adam Rich, who starred as cute little Nicholas on the 1970s show Eight Is Enough, was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of driving under the influence. The 34-year-old actor drove his car into a closed highway lane and nearly struck a California Highway Patrol car, AP reports.
A judge finalized The Sopranos star James Gandolfini's divorce Wednesday after he and his wife, Marcella, settled their disputes without a trial. The couple was married for three years and has a 3-year-old son.
Oprah Winfrey narrowly escaped harm Tuesday when a tent collapsed during a function she was attending at a secondary school in South Africa, injuring 10 people including two children, Variety reports. For the last month the talk show host has been playing Santa to South African children as part of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation's Christmas Kindness Project.
Variety reports Igby Goes Down star Amanda Peet will join Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves and Diane Keaton in an as-year-untitled comedy for writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want). The story concerns an older man who suffers a heart attack at the house of his young girlfriend's mother. Both he and his young doctor fall for the older woman.
Danny Leiner, the director of Dude, Where's My Car? (a somewhat surprising hit in 2001) is in negotiations to direct Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. According to Variety, the story focuses on two stoner roommates in their 20s--one a Korean investment banker, the other an Indian medical resident--who decide to journey to a faraway White Castle burger stand for their famous 39 cent hamburgers. Of course, they find the road is paved with many obstacles. We can only imagine.
Nick Cannon, hot off his performance in Drumline, is set to star and executive produce The Underclassman for Miramax. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is a cross between Beverly Hills Cop and Never Been Kissed. It is based on Cannon's idea about a young-looking 24-year-old detective sent to do an undercover assignment at a private school where he discovers a ring of car thieves.
Pink's drummer William Johnson was arrested Sunday when a routine passport check turned up a warrant for his arrest for grand larceny in New York, AP reports. Despite his arrest, Pink finished her six-month world tour in Honolulu, Hawaii Wednesday, with Johnson out on $50,000 bail.
Hip-hop artist Nelly's No. 1 hit "Hot in Herre" has been dubbed the best driving song in a Yahoo! poll, getting 20 percent of nearly 4,200 votes. Runners-up were Eminem's "Without Me" with 19 percent and Sheryl Crow's "Soak up the Sun" with 10 percent.
A judge has ruled that Courtney Love won't have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in the ongoing legal dispute with the Nirvana bandmates of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, The Associated Press reports. Last May, Love asked that Nirvana LLC, the business partnership she formed with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl in 1997, be dissolved on the grounds that she signed the agreement at a time when her judgment had been impaired. The judge commented that granting the request for a psychiatric evaluation would "serve no other purpose than to contribute to a circus-like atmosphere" to the legal proceedings, but added that if Love tries to claim she was incapacitated again, the issue of a mental examination could be revisited.
The latest Madonna buzz is that she will indeed make a cameo appearance in the new James Bond film. According to Ananova.com, director Lee Tamahori told Entertainment Tonight that Madonna will spend two days filming the cameo role in Die Another Day, wearing an outfit specially designed for her.
Diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins, who promotes a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, is recovering from a cardiac arrest he suffered at his Manhattan home on April 18, which he said is not related to diet. A spokeswoman for Atkins, 71, issued a statement saying: "This was not a heart attack but a cardiac arrest related to an infection of the heart he has been suffering from for a few years, " the AP reports.
Following ABC's two-hour finale of the reality series The Bachelor yesterday, Alex Michel is still single. Of the 25 women who competed for a chance to marry the bachelor, Michel chose Amanda Marsh, but he asked the 23-year-old event planner to first move to California to live with him before they walked down the aisle. She said yes.
HBO is developing a reality series tentatively dubbed General Manager for summer 2003. The series, a cross between Bull Durham and The Real World, would allow viewers to track the progress of a minor league baseball team, and then control its destiny through the Internet, Variety reports.
The editors at TV Guide have selected Seinfeld as the greatest television show of all time, the AP reports. Shows included in the top 10 on the magazine's list of the top 50 television shows are All in the Family, The Sopranos, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
In her talk show's final farewell, Sally Jessy Raphael smashed her trademark red-framed glasses but didn't shed a tear, the AP reports. "They belong to the [production] company," she explained later about the glasses. The show was canceled after it sank to ninth in the ratings among talk shows.
Henry Winkler, better known as the Fonz from Happy Days, will executively produce Hollywood Squares alongside Michael Levitt, Reuters reports. They will replace John Moffit and Pat Lee Tourk, who were let go after Whoopi Goldberg revealed she was leaving the show's center square.
Dr. Dre has been named as one of the defendants in a lawsuit filed by five former and current Detroit, Mich., city officials, claiming their privacy was invaded. According to the AP, the lawsuit alleges that hidden cameras and microphones were secretly used to "intercept, eavesdrop upon and record" exchanges between city officials and Up In Smoke tour organizers. Also named in the suit are Magic Johnson, AOL Time Warner, Best Buy and Panavision.
Looks like White Zombie rocker Rob Zombie will finally get his day in court. Two years ago, Zombie filed a copyright lawsuit against Mazda Motor Corp. for using music from his 1998 album Hellbilly Deluxe for a television truck commercial without his permission.
Adventure sailor and author Thor Heyerdahl, who died of brain cancer at a family home in Italy on April 18, was honored by some 1,000 mourners--including Norwegian royals King Harald and Queen Sonja at his funeral Friday in Oslo Cathedral. He was 87.
Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) first met on a plane when they were 12. He’s terrified of planes she promptly tells him about her first period so it’s granted that they don’t exactly click. Fast-forward to high school where they bump into each other again. Now he’s the school mascot she’s the homecoming queen. No sparks. Fast forward to college where he’s the geeky engineering major (yes you read correctly) and she’s the free-spirited rocker-dating Latin student. Finally here they become friends help each other with their love issues and despite their opposing viewpoints … well take a guess.
Prinze the BMOC in "She’s All That " is supposed to be an anal-retentive doofus. And while the pageboy cut (split down the middle) and glasses do little to mask his good looks he plays against type surprisingly well doing his best to rise above the cliché-filled script. Forlani who was calm and luminous in the sluggish "Meet Joe Black " still has "proper British upbringing" written all over her so she’s not really believable as an outrageous one-night-stander (she also looks too old for Prinze). Heather Donahue (showing a promising comedy career post-"Blair Witch") and Amanda Detmer make a great supporting cast but the show is stolen by an underused Jason Biggs. As Ryan’s woman-chasing roommate Biggs also gets the single funniest scene in the film which you’ll miss if you walk about before the credits roll.
"She’s All That" director Robert Iscove is back and using the same traits again. First we have the you-are-there flashback narration ("So I was watching him play with his band " a character might reflect in her dorm room and suddenly she’s sitting at the concert still in her pajamas). Then there’s the choreographed dance number. Disguised as a scene to show Ryan trying to loosen up at a "foam club" (like a car wash soapy water douses the dancers) it’s really an excuse to show off Iscove’s choreography background by having all patrons wiggle simultaneously to Apollo Four Forty’s "Stop the Rock." It’s cute and all but the biggest faux pas Iscove makes is having Ryan and Jennifer take a "walk" from Berkeley … and miraculously wind up at the Golden Gate bridge.