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And So It Goes - Film Review

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by Mary-Jane Hopson-Tom (subscribe)
Currently planning my days around brunch.
Published July 31st 2014
perfect no thinking required film
And So It Goes
And So It Goes


Dianne Keaton and Michael Douglas essentially just playing...themselves. Dianne Keaton is one of the most endearing actresses of all time in my opinion. Whether it was "First Wives Club", "Father of the Bride", "The Other Sister" or "Because I Said So" she always plays the doting mother, a martyr and an all round passionate (and sometimes crazy) woman. She always has the same bob haircut, and wears polka dots at some point in every film.

Dianne Keaton - as photographed in the Daily Mail
Dianne Keaton - as photographed in the Daily Mail


One of my personal favourite talents of hers is her cry. Now so what you will about her acting but the woman can cry, and "And So It Goes" has a stellar Keaton hysterical cry moment.

dianne keaton cry
the woman can cry


dianne keaton cry
and again


dianne keaton cry
and again


dianne keaton cry
AND AGAIN!


Whilst seeing Keaton play another role that mirrored her past roles, I didn't find it boring or predictable, just familiar and nice. I often realised I was smiling to myself as I watched Keaton, seeing so many similar traits to my own Mum.

Diane Keaton and so it goes film
the ever relatable mother


Michael Douglas on the other hand played the perfect selfish grumpy old man. After his loving wife dies of cancer and his only offspring, a "bad child" who had an addiction growing up, asks him a monumental favour to look after his daughter for 9 months. Safe to say Douglas plays the a**hole well, and while at times he is infuriating he also provides comedic relief.

Michael Douglas and so it goes film
nothing says grumpy better than a paint ball gun


The real star in my eyes was Sterling Jerins melting hearts as a trusting granddaughter, she provided the glue that kept all the characters together. Jerins was both believable and innocent, in a way only a child can be. Minus the curls, she had something very Shirley Temple-ish about her, I can't wait to see what her career will blossom into.

And So It Goes
Kerin Jerins talent up to the eyeballs


Learning to love again after a tragedy can be painful or taboo but these this storyline pulled it off without being cheesy. My only criticism would be that Douglas played selfish so well that even though he came along way by the end of the film, I wasn't sure if I liked him enough yet to think he deserved a happy ending. Whether it was with his family or the love interest you will need to find out for yourself.

While I may have been the only person in the room not on a pensioners card, I loved the film. I would recommend making it a trip with friends, or better yet family as most of the moment I found myself laughing away, crying, or smiling to myself was half caused by who was on the screen and half by who it reminded me of in my own family.

Go see it if you're in the mood for a light, no thinking required kind of film that is 100% relatable and not entirely predictable.
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Well done Mary-Jane :)
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