Harry normally goes for younger women but soon finds himself strangely attracted to someone closer to his own age. But I think just even the intimacy of it and the fact that theres so much that you cant really share with each other in some way the experiences that youve been through that they cant really understand because theyre not there. It isnt also just age but the kind of work you do. Is that a 'been there-done that' type of thing for you? Its sort of interesting when you put it that way because you think Been there, done that. How delicate a balance is it to be funny in a scene where your character doesnt know shes being funny?
("We're all sophisticated people," explains Mc Dormand.) That night, during foreplay with Peet, Nicholson suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital.
When he recovers, his young doctor (Keanu Reeves) releases him from the hospital but only on the condition that he remain "nearby"--i.e., at Keaton's house.
Harry Sanborn is a wealthy New York music mogul who has had a 40-year habit of dating women under 30, including his latest conquest, Marin Klein.
The two drive to her mother's Hamptons beach house expecting to be alone, but are surprised by Marin's mother, successful playwright Erica Barry, who is there with her sister Zoe.
After an awkward dinner, the night turns disastrous when — during foreplay with Marin — Harry has a heart attack and is rushed to a hospital.
The doctor, Julian Mercer, tells Harry to stay nearby for a few days, so Harry ends up staying with Erica.
Well you know, working with Jack is sort of like standing in front of the Grand Canyon. Its like hes a master of the word, and the love of the word. I didnt mind doing a lot of takes and Nancy always likes to do a lot of takes. I just had to show up and expect a lot of kissing (laughing). Can you talk about that scene in terms of its celebration of older women?
I dont know, theres too much going on there and youre just this little speck on a precipice. A kiss is like you put the words away and youre just standing there and youre just sort of, Oh, its just you and me and were really going to just experience this without saying anything. Its just beautiful. You and Jack Nicholson have known each other for a long time, havent you? I think that that was Nancys intention, and God bless her. When you saw the completed picture, how did it compare to your expectations? She was a very meticulous, detailed director in that Nancy was very precise about the words. Im just going to enjoy every aspect of the kissing and the hugging and the yelling and screaming and being in love because I know its not coming my way again.
No sooner do they arrive than Mom (Keaton) and her sister (Frances Mc Dormand) show up.
Nicholson and Keaton take an immediate dislike to each other, but all four nonetheless decide to stay at the beach house together.
Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances Mc Dormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and Ka Dee Strickland playing key supporting roles.