Box art for Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

comedy, drama, romance

A perennial playboy who has never dated a woman over thirty finds that love is as serious as a heart attack when he falls for his girlfriend's mother.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Delightful comedy, older teens and parents only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is at the R-end of the PG-13 range, with very strong language, brief full frontal nudity and a bare behind, and explicit sexual references and situations. There are jokes about Viagra and menopause. In other words, this is a "grown-up" movie in subject matter and treatment. Characters smoke and drink and one gets tipsy. There are some tense situations.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Harry, Marin, and Erica have walled themselves off from romantic involvement and why that changes.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Ms. Keaton projects her wondrously warm personality, and the erstwhile Jake Gittes keeps us entertained with a sense of irony that keeps things from getting too sticky.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, January 8, 2004

Rotten: Something's Gotta Give is exactly the kind of 'adult' dreck that you'd expect to see on Broadway.

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, December 13, 2003

Fresh: While the film won't drive you delirious with suspense about where it's going, the journey is pleasant enough.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Friday, December 12, 2003

Audience Reviews

2 stars

As a playwright, I am offended by the vapid revenge play Diane Keaton's character, Erica Barry, a "successful playwright," writes. Personal issues aside, the characters lack any true motivation. They just play a game of romantic musical chairs. Oh Keanu Reeves. Just don't open your mouth, and you're fine.

- aliceinpunderland, Monday, October 11, 2010

5 stars

Jack Nicholson is a phonoemenal actor and he was so funny and entertaining in this movie and so was Diane Keaton. One of my favorite parts was when Nicholson saw Keaton naked. Adore this movie!!! See it!!! I love this movie!!!! Its just great. :) Just wonderful :) I love Jack! :)

- movieguru12, Saturday, April 30, 2011

1 star


- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009