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Published August 12th 2014
Further evidence that opposites attract
And So It Goes is the latest from American, actor, director and producer, Rob Reiner, who has directed some very popular and successful movies through his career. His films have been recognised by the Directors Guild of America with nominations for Stand By Me, a coming of age comedy drama, When Harry met Sally, a romantic comedy and A Few Good Men, a military courtroom drama, The Princess Bride, a romantic, fantasy, adventure comedy, Misery, the psychological horror thriller and This is Spinal Tap a rock comedy mockumentary.
Many of Reiner's films remain favourites of mine. They represent different genres and have been original and memorable for different reasons, but And So It Goes, is not in the same class as his earlier films, and even though there are moments when Douglas and Keaton display fine comic timing, it is just an average film.
If this film seems familiar to you, it is quite possible you have seen Something's Gotta Give starring Jack Nicolson and Diane Keaton, who despite being two people who are complete opposite personalities somehow they find love in their later lives.
In And So It Goes Michael Douglas plays Oren Little, a obnoxious, mean spirited, selfish, grumpy old man, very similar to Nicolson's character. While Keaton as Leah portrays the same familiar character, a kind heart-ed and love-able widow who this time around will ultimately humanise the miserly Oren Little.
There are scenes where Douglas is very convincing in his role, and even though there is very little to like about him, he occasionally displays a certain wit with his sharp sarcastic remarks, despite the fact most of the time his compliments are insults. People don't like him, you most likely won't like him either, and that is the way he likes it.
Leah is Oren's loveable neighbour who is trying to establish a career as a singer, who bursts into tears during her singing sad songs due to her lamenting the passing of her husband.
Enter Oren's son and his 10 year old granddaughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who Oren never knew existed. Sarah requires looking after for 9 months and she turns his life upside-down, but at the same time becomes the nucleus who brings the characters and the story together with her brilliant and believable performance.
This uplifting comedy offers light entertainment with fine performances, even if they do seem familiar, and an outcome that isn't totally predictable.