Yes, I know, it’s not even a new movie I’m discussing here, but I’m hoping it means you’ve had plenty of time to watch the ever charming, always funny, must see Something’s Gotta Give. Plus, it was on HBO the other night, which is always helpful in rediscovering my infinite love for this flick. There are many reasons that I could watch this movie over and over and over again (believe me, I have) but for the sake of everyone’s attention span, I’m shooting off my top 5. Secretly I want them to be the same as your top 5 or, at the very least, in your top 50. By the way, these aren’t in any particular order. I can’t bear to have to prioritize 5 anythings about this movie. So, sit down, read and enjoy the same things I enjoy. Or else.
1. Diane Keaton. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain why she is in anyone’s top 5 – anywhere, anyhow, anywho. It’s Diane Keaton, for pete’s sake. Her talent alone is worthy of taking up the entire list.
2. The sob sequence. If you can watch this movie and keep a straight face during the sob sequence, then you are dead inside. No, seriously – I’m talking you need oil for that tin organ inside your chest. Maybe you couldn’t even hear the movie because of the clattering can you call your heart. Because, that scene is hysterical. I laugh every single time. EVERY SINGLE TIME! If you can’t relate to that scene, you are lying to yourself and THE WORLD.
3. It’s the one and only time I have ever found Keanu Reeves attractive. The fact that this movie can bring about an emotion I’ve never felt before deems it a winner. It just might have something to do with that white coat and stethoscope. Or maybe that he is simply smart enough (in the movie) to realize how amazing Diane Keaton is (always). Either way, Keanu has got a little something something extra to give in this one and I’m not ashamed to take it.
4. That house. I think that may possibly be every person on earth’s dream home. It’s absolutely stunning and I want to live there. Always. With Diane Keaton. We will frolic on the beach and have homemade meals with ingredients from the farmer’s market followed by post dinner coffee and cozy reading. Anything less would not be worthy of that stunning home. That home would make me a better person. I’d like to be better. Make me better!
5. Turning heartache into a raging success. We should all take a note from the Something’s Gotta Give book of life and see that a massacre of our hopes can end up being fuel for the triumph of our lives. Erica Berry (Diane Keaton’s character, duh!) owns her emotions, loud and proud. She makes no apologies about her vulnerability and in a crazy cosmic twist it makes her look even stronger! I want to be her when I grow up. Actually, I want to be her now.
So, there you have it. I could go on. I could tell you how much I adore Frances McDormand or the hospital scene where the women ogle Keanu or how quaint the market is or when Jack Nicholson flies to Paris to eat crow or that 3 generations of women can watch this movie and still appreciate it or that…well, you get the picture. I love this movie. I want you to love this movie. Diane Keaton wants you to love this movie. And is there ever a better reason than that?
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