Entertainment Hive 2017

And So It Goes

Review by Honey B

Director: Rob Reiner Cast: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Francis Sternhagen, Frankie Valli Synopsis: There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas), and that's just the way he likes it. Wilfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet - - until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned nine-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbour Leah (Diane Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart - to his family, to Leah, and to life itself - in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner. Verdict: This film is aimed at an older audience and while it may be loosely labelled as a comedy - don't be fooled it's not. And So It Goes is really more a romantic drama as there is not much too laugh about here. Connecticut real-estate agent Oren Little (Michael Douglas) who has never quite recovered from the death of his wife 10 years ago, is a cranky, insensitive bore whose neighbours in the small apartment block he owns are constantly annoyed by him. Oren relates most to Leah (Diane Keaton), but she is still trying to get over the death of her husband. She plays peacekeeper at the apartment block. There truly aren't many laughs here as Oren is pretty despicable in his dealings with everyone including his son, Leah and his granddaughter. Leah, who is a cabaret singer, can't even get through a song without crying. Even when Oren starts to let people in a little bit, he's still not very likeable. He's a tough man but there's a realistic quality to him as many men of his age don't show their sensitive side - not as much as men do now. This film has heart, but it's also got a raw edge. Diane Keaton really lights up the screen.
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