This week, as we enter the depths of January, we return to an old comfort classic: the 2003 Nancy Meyers romcom Something’s Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. In it, two middle-aged people fall in love, but only after one heart attack, two younger lovers, some unexpected midnight pancakes and ample bickering. Does the movie still work today? How has the way we depict aging in film changed? And do we miss Nancy Meyers movies? Joining Lilah is comedian Negin Farsad, host of the podcast Fake the Nation, and FT senior corporate finance correspondent Eric Platt. This is one of his favourite movies.


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Something’s Gotta Give (2003) is available to rent on streaming services

– You can find Negin’s podcast Fake the Nation wherever you listen, or here:

– Here’s a recent piece she wrote about a magic mushroom retreat in Jamaica:

– Eric writes about corporate finance for the FT. You can find his most recent piece here:

– Negin is on X at @NeginFarsad.

– You might also like our conversation with the author Curtis Sittenfeld about romcoms and her novel Romantic Comedy:


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