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There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little, and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully 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 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 neighbor Leah 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.
Comedy Drama Romantic - This is a low-key romantic comedy drama aimed at older adults. Fans
of stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton will enjoy this big
team-up. While there are prominent kid characters, sex talk and
other mature subject matter such as drugs make the film not for kids,
who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
PROFANITY: 6 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: A dog humps a teddy bear. VIOLENCE: Comic falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter, often suggestive; physical gags; kid and animal gags.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average During the moments when 'And So It Goes' isn't overreaching for wacky laughs or going all gooey and soggy—when Douglas and Keaton's characters have the opportunity to open themselves up to each other, quietly—Reiner's film can be effective and even enjoyable. But those moments are rare.
USA TodayFull Review Average And So It Goes plays a little like the graying lounge act it honors: It's impressive for its age, though not altogether impressive.
NY PostFull Review Terrible Just how awful can a movie be with Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton — from the co-writer of 'As Good as It Gets'? So terrible that I was embarrassed for everyone involved.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 48 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Half the males and over half the females LOVED "And So It Goes." Most of the rest rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only ten to fifteen percent rated it as low as "good/average." Equally important, no one disliked this movie.
There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas),
and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might
cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in
peace and quiet. His wife Sarah Beth passed away years ago, so while awaiting
his big real estate break, he's biding his time in the waterfront four-plex
building he owns - "Little Shangri-La" - surrounded by neighbors who have formed
a close-knit community that he mostly avoids when he's not barking about how
noisy their kids are or taking heat for hogging the whole driveway with his
classic Mercedes Benz convertible. Even kindly Leah (Diane Keaton), who persists
in inviting Oren to participate in mojito happy hour despite his cranky
demeanor, gets rebuffed. His only real friend, fellow realtor Claire (Frances
Sternhagen), gets a pass because of their decades-long history and the fact that
she can dish out snark and sarcasm as well as he can even when he's at his
Oren's life gets turned upside-down when his estranged son Luke (Scott Shepherd)
appears out of the blue, asking him to temporarily care for the nine-year-old
granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) Oren never knew existed. With Sarah (named after
Oren's late wife) literally being left on his doorstep, Oren grudgingly agrees
to take her in but quickly pawns her off on Leah, who is too moved by Sarah's
sadness at being apart from her father to balk - at first - at Oren's absurd
expectation that she'll just handle everything so he can resume his life
uninterrupted. But Leah's got her own path to figure out, trying to find her
second act as a lounge singer -- which might bring her more success if she could
just get through a set without telling stories of her late husband and fleeing
the stage in tears leaving her band, led by doting pianist Artie (Rob Reiner),
to fend for themselves.
Over time, Sarah's need for love and affection bring Oren and Leah closer and
allow them to see different sides of one another. Initially solely consumed with
the prospect of selling his family home to fund his retirement, Oren soon
discovers Leah is more than an extra set of hands to help with Sarah. And Leah
learns that Oren's hardened exterior might be just that, with a humanity inside
worth trying to break through to. Together, Oren and Leah tackle the funny,
joyous, awkward and sometimes intense moments that have become their new
reality. And little by little, Oren begins to open his heart - to his family, to
Leah, and to life itself.