Something's Gotta Give
Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet, Frances McDormand
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers
The Killer Moment Nicholson accidentally catches Keaton undressing. Says Peet: "It's the funniest goddamn thing I've ever seen!"
Having just returned from Paris, where she spent a week putting the finishing touches on a 100-day shoo of her latest movie, Meyers is jet-lagged. "I can't sleep," she says, calling at a dusky 7.a.m. "I'm happy somebody's up with me."
Who could sleep? when your last film [What Women Want] grossed $138 Million, making it the biggest live-action hit ever directed by a woman, how do you follow up? Meyers called Jack, of course.
Her romantic comedy features Nicholson [for whom she wrote the part] as an aging record exec with an eye for younger women who unexpectedly falls for the playwight mother [Keaton] of his new girlfriend [Peet]. Turning the triangle into a square is Reeves, as a doctor who also has affections for Mom. "It's one of the best romantic comedy scripts - or any script - I've read in a long time," says Reeves, whose Matrix Revolutions will still be in theaters when this opens. "It's smart and personal and relevant and funny."
Another thing that could be keeping Meyers awake? Memories of a night in July when protesting French workers took over Paris' Pont d'Arcole, where she was shooting the final scene. The result was a one-day delay and comical reports of a sunglasses-sporting Nicholson shouting through a megaphone, en francais, "The struggle continues!" "I was in Jack's trailer, " Meyers says, when her [non-striking] crew "knocked on the door and said, 'You shouldn't come out now - the bridge has been taken over,' Jack went out to talk to everybody - he's a big union guy. But I don't think he persuaded them."
Not that Nicholson's trademark charm is wearing off. True to form, the three-time Oscar winner helped make for an awfully fun shoot. "He's devilish in the best way possible," says Peet. And when Nicholson wasn't around, the distaff ensemble - which included McDormand as Keaton's sister - got along without him. "In between working we could sit around talking about liposucton," says Peet. "There was definitely some girl talk going on."
What's At Stake
Jack's career. And Keanu's....oh, who are we kidding? We're already getting in line. [Dec 12]