Something’s Gotta Give 「恋愛適齢期」

2004年 12月 05日
作者: 代表 高山和子

2003年 アメリカ作品
監督, 脚本:ナンシー・メイヤーズ
製作:ナンシー・メイヤーズ 、ブルース・ブロック
出演者:ジャック・ニコルソン 、ダイアン・キートン 、キアヌ・リーブス 、アマンダ・ピート 、フランシス・マクドーマンド

30歳以下の若い女性としか付き合わない、63歳独身富豪でプレーボーイのハリー。 ひょんな事から、恋人の母親エリカの別荘に居候するはめに。  エリカに以外にも惹かれ始めるハリーの前に、彼女に人目で魅せられる青年医師、ジュリアンも加わり奇妙な三角関係が展開する。 アカデミー賞受賞の大ベテランコンビが繰り広げるコミカルで心温まる必見の恋愛作品。

This is an enthralling romantic comedy with hearty laughs and a few tears. A 63 year old, rich, music producer, Harry (Jack Nicholson) has only been dating young women in their 20’s or 30’s and has avoided commitment all these years. He and his current girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Peet) decide to spend their romantic weekend at her mother’s beach house in her absence. However, out of the blue, her mother, Erica (Diane Keaton), a divorced playwright, comes back in the company of her sister, to work on her new play on the weekend. Erica, flabbergasted by her encounter with semi-dressed Harry, is in for an even more shocking discovery that this stranger, old enough to be her daughter’s father, is a date her daughter has invited. What is worse, shortly after their awkward dinner together, Harry has a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital, where Dr. Mercer, his cardiac specialist (Keanu Reeves), tells him to stay somewhere nearby until he recuperates. Erica, the only person available to look after Harry, has no choice but let Harry barge into her house, although she is appalled by the idea of having to share the house alone with him. The animosity they first felt towards each other, however, eventually dissolves into friendship and love. But after Harry recuperates, he goes back to his old life style. Erica, totally heartbroken, begins to fill the void by seeing Dr. Mercer, who is a great admirer of her plays with no reservations in expressing his love towards her. Where this eternal triangle goes is for you to find out.

I truly enjoyed this comical love story, full of witty conversations and insights into real life. Harry is a typical womanizer, unable to commit himself, and goes around getting involved in spontaneous love affairs with young girls, saying he prefers to "travel light." Erica, on the other hand, is as an intelligent, successful playwright, leading a very productive but regimented life, while successfully hiding her loneliness. These totally opposite characters come to find just the right chemistry in their relationship. It takes a while before their defense mechanisms allow them to jump into commitment, but they finally realize "something’s gotta give" in order to find out what it’s all about. The two veteran Oscar winning stars, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, are just fabulous in their performances. I just can’t think of anyone better than Jack Nicholson to play the aging, mischievous larger-than-life-size character of Harry. It is also very refreshing to see Diane Keaton whose individualistic character I once admired so much in her movie "Annie Hall." However, I must admit that a 36 year old handsome, doctor, falling head over heels in love with a woman 20 years older is a bit far fetched. Nonetheless, charming Keanu Reeves is a great asset to the movie. This movie portrays that aging should not scare you from loving someone and that we are never too old to have our time of life. If you are looking for a light hearted comedy with satisfaction guaranteed, this movie is the one to watch.

  • Zoe, Erika’s sister:
    You have been around the block a few times, right? What are you, around 60?
    「人生経験も豊富よね。 おいくつ、60歳くらい?」
    Will you cut me a little slack?
  • Harry:
    Well, then let’s just each get our bearings.
    I don’t want my bearings. I’ve had my bearings my whole goddamn life.
  • Harry:
    I don’t think I’ve ever had this effect on a woman before.
    What effect do you think you’re having on me?
    I don’t quite recognize it. That’s how I know I never had it before.

代表 高山和子 について

岡山県 津山市出身。英語講師。米国ドレーク大学大学院修士課程修了。帰国後、英語教育に携わり、'90年津山市にライト外語スクールを開校、本物の実力を身につけさせる指導に定評がある。国際ロータリー財団奨学生、英検1級、TOEIC 990点、国連特A級。 フル・プロファイル