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at the dentist at 14.
"It was a Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy," she said.
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
"When I awakened, I told the dentist the entire plot."
Yet Meyers initially didn't set her sights on Hollywood,
decade ago, filmmaker Nancy Meyers became
due
to the more conventional path outlined for Women
intrigued by a Hollywood friend who exclusive-
of
her
generation. "At my Reform temple, girls weren't
Reservations now being
ly dated younger women. "They were always
even
bat
mitzvahed," she said. "I was always jealous of
between 25 and 30," said Meyers,, 54, who
taken through 2004
the
boys,
because for girls it just wasn't done."
"Over
What
Women
Want.
directed the Mel Gibson hit
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While attending American University, she said she
the years, he went from his 40s to his 60s, but the
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"went with the program and got engaged to a Jewish boy
women never got any older."
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my junior year. But instead of getting married, I can-
As she advanced through her 40s, Meyers felt increas-
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celed weeks before the wedding and moved to California
ingly "invisible" around her friend. She wondered, "If I
in 1972.
were stranded on a desert island with such a man, would
Early on, she sold cheesecakes, based on her Aunt
I still be invisible?" Her musing led to a movie premise
Estelle's
recipe, while struggling to support herself as a
about a cradle-robber who falls for his girlfriend's mom.
screenwriter.
Because Meyers' screenplays always reflect her life, she
She met her
wasn't ready to tackle the topic until she divorced around
future hus-
2000 and found herself 50ish and single.
band, TV
"Suddenly my premise became a completely different
writer
Charles
kind of story," she said. "I wanted to write about the
Shyer,
while
realities of a couple falling in love late in life."
on
a
date
with
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Give,
Her new romantic comedy,
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his best
of
Harry
Sanborn
(Jack
Nicholson),
a
roguishly
charming
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friend, Harvey
record company executive whose girlfriends are under 30.
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When he attempts to consummate his latest relation-
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ship at her mother's beach house, he collapses from a
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was
this cute
heart attack and is left in the care of the mom, Erica
I Get Second Entrée I.
guy
wearing
a
Barry
(Diane
Keaton),
a
no-nonsense,
Jewish
playwright.
of e ual or lesser value
B'nai B'rith
As the two are forced into each other's company, sparks
T-shirt," she
unexpectedly fly.
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Last week, the National Board of Review named
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Yet some viewers see Give as Meyers' romantic fantasy,
on Private
complete with a cute young doctor suitor for Erica
Benjamin,
played by Keanu Reeves. While the director admits the
Director/writer Nancy Meyers on the
Decorate in style with
based
on her
Reeves relationship is a stretch ("I've not dated a 36-year-
set of her romantic comedy "Something's
idea about a
old doctor, unfortunately," she said), she doesn't think
Gotta Give"
naive Jewish
the Harry-Erica pairing is farfetched.
woman
"People say, 'Your movie is so optimistic,"' said Meyers,
(Goldie Hawn) who joins the Army after her husband
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who indicates she's had one age-appropriate relationship
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dies
on their wedding night.
since her divorce. "Are these people suggesting that if sin-
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wedding
and
reinventing
herself
in
Hollywood,
but
their own age? I don't think that's true.
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observers
saw
the
character
in
a
less
flattering
light.
pick
up
in
person!
"There
are
a
lot
of
men
married
to
women
their
age
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who aren't waiting for their spouses to die or to get a
but I take great offense at that expression," she said. "It's
divorce so they can have that trophy wife.
a racist, sexist caricature: the girl who gets a nose job,
"And I think that a lot of men, when they do meet
who
shops and wants to be taken care of.
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someone close to their age, feel they have found some-
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"But
Judy is actually a woman of her time, with the
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thing perhaps more solid than when they're dating a
problems
of her time. Because of social conventions, she
woman 25 years younger. I mean, it must be a relief not
following
a road that wasn't right for her, and the
was
to have to act 35 in bed when you're 60."
IA
Army
allows
her
to grow up and to figure out her life."
Wry, down-to-earth Meyers has always had a penchant-
shared
a
1981 Oscar nomination for Private
Meyers
for turning fantasy into reality. The daughter of a
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over the years, she became known for films
Benjamin;
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