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And So It Goes

And So It Goes

I’m sure some critics will be dismissive of And So It Goes, writing it off as just another
“geezer pleaser” (to use the term coined by Variety
for entertainment that appeals to an older crowd). But this sweet film
deserves a break, especially as it offers juicy leading roles to Michael
Douglas and Diane Keaton. Neither one of them sloughs off this romantic yarn:
these are conscientious actors and it’s a pleasure to watch them work together.

The screenplay, by Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets), isn’t daring or highly original, but it offers
its stars a vehicle that calls on both their comedic and dramatic chops. Director
Rob Reiner knows this territory well and handles the material with an admirably
light touch, making the most of the story’s Connecticut setting.

Douglas plays a foul-tempered real-estate salesman who
hasn’t had a happy moment since his wife died. He lives in a modest waterfront
apartment and makes a habit of irritating his fellow tenants—including the nice
woman next door (Keaton), who works as a lounge singer. She, too, is still
mourning the loss of a spouse, but comes to Douglas’ aid when he is suddenly
given the responsibility of caring for his 10-year-old granddaughter.

Both actors bring conviction to their roles. Douglas isn’t
being cute when he’s curt with people: he’s genuinely rude and doesn’t care.
Keaton projects great warmth and does a beautiful job singing a handful of
standards. (If she weren’t any good in those nightclub scenes the whole film
would collapse.)

Few movies are destined to please every segment of the
audience. Transformers fans might
find this film boring or irrelevant; I could say the same about their favorite
summer release. But as someone who has admired Douglas and Keaton for years and
welcomes a respite from noisy summertime fare, I had a good time with And So It Goes.

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Melissa Whitehead

Netflix gives this movie 2 stars, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 1. Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday and Plugged In by Paul Assay trashed it and I didn’t go and I am incensed at their ridiculous comments dismissing this absolutely delightful, life affirming movie filled with pathos, great dialogue, delightful plot. There is something in it for everyone and all those critics can get canned as far as I’m concerned. You are all idiots in critics clothing. What a shame panning a family movie when there are none out there just because of them. Shame to destroy excellence. A shame!!!

Steven Kardonik

Very enjoyable movie: great dialogue, top-notch actors playing believable people I could relate to, good comedy, almost flawless. No gratuitous sex, absurd pratfalls, or special effects. Michael Douglas nailed his character as did Diane Keaton whose singing is as impressive as in her earliest years. Sterling Jerins as granddaughter Sarah is a wonderful young actress- perfectly natural and endearing.
I'd have done something different with Frances Sternhagen; here I saw the heavy hand of the tobacco industry and someone who felt it necessary to throw in some gratuitous profanity coming out of the mouth of an older woman for its imagined shock value or humor. Why was she smoking in a non-smoking restaurant and while working in an office at a computer? Did she really need to say "blow me"? Yet these flaws are such a small part of the movie it only supports my feeling that overall "And So It Goes" is very good entertainment and art. I hope the "word of mouth" will help at the box office.


I love this movie!!! Funny and heartwarming!! And it also stars my new favorite Broadway actor (who headlines Rocky Broadway thru mid August) Andy Karl! But even without AK I would still enjoy the movie (and I don't count myself as a geezer…yet lol)!

Kathy G

Is it just me, or are others seeing pix of Michael Douglas these days looking more and more like his Dad. The pix accompanying this review is eerily so. I hope the movie does well – Rob Reiner seems to know what "his" generation wants. Heck, "Meathead" is of geezer age himself now…we have grown up and older with him. Nice that both Michael and Rob still have their own Dads around, too.


I'm rather piqued by this notion of cutting a film a break and why Mr. Maltin waited until this film (which I know nothing about) to lean on such a benign instinct. The very concept seems foreign and odd. But perhaps this remarkable instance of indulgence will resurface with a more high-profile film that people will actually be talking about somewhere down the road. Whatever the motivation, I will not speculate any further.

mike schlesinger

Y'know, 15 years ago, a Rob Reiner picture starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton would've been a Warner Bros. Christmas release. Now it's a couple of weeks in the art houses and boom, gone. And coming from a background of distribution, I'd like to give a swift kick in the pants to the chowderhead who decided to release this the very same day as Woody Allen's latest movie. They're going to split the "geezer" audience and suffer accordingly.

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