Parents' Guide to

Something's Gotta Give

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Delightful comedy, older teens and parents only.

Movie PG-13 2003 125 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

This exceeds the limits of PG-13

The sexual content is strong for PG-13.
age 10+

So cute

One character smokes. A slightly scary heart attack, not bad at all. I didn't notice this but when I read I remembered. Lots of sexual references, sex, bras, nude lady, marriage mentioned, and a 20 yo dating a 50 yo. Messages about true love

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is a very old-fashioned romantic comedy. Writer/director Nancy Meyers's movie is solidly constructed, which is both good and bad. Meyers is a little too mistrustful of her audience. Just in case we might miss something, Erica wears a lot of white and Harry wears a lot of black and when they go walking on the beach, Erica picks up only the white stones until Harry gives her a black one. They wear each other's glasses. We get it, we get it, they are learning to see through each other's eyes.

And though there are plenty of laughs, in at least two scenes where the audience wants and deserves to hear the conversation between the characters, Meyers cheats us by playing a song instead of giving us any dialogue. The movie is overly plotted and too long but still manages to leave us feeling that we did not find out enough about Marin, Julian, and Erica's sister (Frances McDormand). But this is Keaton's best performance since Annie Hall, very smart, wickedly wise, and extremely funny. Nicholson holds nothing back and clearly has a lot of fun spoofing his own reputation. Reeves is sweet, sincere, and sexy, Peet brings a great deal to an under-written character, and McDormand is so good that you will wish for another movie just about her character.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 12, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: March 23, 2004
  • Cast: Diane Keaton , Jack Nicholson , Keanu Reeves
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Asian actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, brief nudity and strong language
  • Last updated: August 2, 2023

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