And So It Goes--Directed by Rob Reiner/starring Michael Douglas, Dianne Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse/written by Mark Andrus/PG-13/ 1hr34min
Bifocal Reviews by Ageless1der Barbara Rich and The Other Guy
(BR): This was a senior version of When Harry Met Sally, only not as good. It was amusing and entertaining (to some degree) and very predictable. Other than being directed by Rob Reiner, and having Michael Douglas and Dianne Keaton together, what else can I say? I felt they really pushed the envelope when Keaton voice was hailed as good enough to earn $1500 a week (or a month, I can’t remember for sure, but really) in a night club. Come on now; get real. And So It Goes had some nice scenery, which was shot on location in Connecticut and I didn’t hate watching these fine actors for an hour and a half, but in the end I can only give this film two binoculars our of five.
(OG): I love Rob Reiner’s films (usually). I think Michael Douglas and Dianne Keaton are great character actors (ordinarily), and I’m not opposed to a realistic love story, regardless of the age demographic that is being targeted. However, the point of irritation for me in this film turns on the term: realistic. For some reason, the plotlines were forced to mold to too many implausible elements, not the least of which are that Dianne Keaton is a great singer and that a shrewd real estate agent would live in an apartment that he owns, right next door to the woman he’ll fall madly in love with during the coarse of the film, but whom he hasn’t noticed until his (Douglas’s) son is allowed to drop off a young daughter/granddaughter character on his way to prison. The son being a good hearted recovering alcoholic who is now convicted of a crime he did not commit, but one that is needed to get the granddaughter into the apartment complex. I’m glad this movie only lasted ninety minutes. At that, it was tolerable and worth 1 ½ binoculars from me.