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And So It Goes

And So It Goes
Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jenkins and Frances Stemhagen

Rated: PG-13  for some sexual references and drug elements.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 1, 2014 Released by: Castle Rock Entertainment

Sometimes a film has all the ingredients but the mix just doesn't work as well as the individual parts alone.    

Here we see a lonely unhappy man who has lost his wife living alongside a woman who has little confidence, it is obvious to all of us that at the end they will solve each other's problems.  But Douglas and Keaton appear clumsy with each other particularly when that are intimate with each other.   It's uncomfortable to watch their romance.  On the other hand Douglas' Oren Little character has a new addition to his life, a little girl who is his grandchild who he must care for when her father Oren's son heads off to jail.  Add the facts that Oren is selling his 8.5 million dollar home and doesn't understand the changing make up of wealthy folks demographics who may be interested and his selfish attitude and we have a plot that is ripe for a warm comfortable slight comedy.

Director, Rob Reiner who also plays piano for Keaton when she sings, and she signs more than she should, moves the plot in an almost clumsy fashion.  The first encounter between Keaton and Douglas provides a flash of anger on both sides but he hits on her at the first chance he gets.  He then quickly leaves, not a good idea or formula  for a sincere second time around love affair.  

Little Sterling Jenkins is a cute young girl who begins to work into the cold heart of Douglas but it takes time and Keaton helps there by taking care of the little girl and moving her from fear to comfort with both leading characters, in fact she considers Keaton to be grandma even though she is not a relative, at least not at the beginning of the film.

Frances Shenhagan a seasoned actress fills her role quite well as the work colleague in the real estate office who Douglas leans on for advice but never takes it.  

While it all works out nicely, it feels contrived and a little uncomfortable watching these folks who are maneuvered like chess pieces into just the proper positions at the scripts climax.  

Everyone involved in this production have done better, this film has the correct title And So It Goes, is just about what we see and not much else. 

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
And So It Goes  C+      C-                     C 

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