Film review: And So It Goes

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 12:31 07/08/2014
And so it goes, Diane Keaton

SELF-LOATHING: And So It Goes co-opts heroin addiction, bigotry and a general mean-spiritedness into its narrative.

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REVIEW: AND SO IT GOES(M)
Directed by Rob Reiner

You've seen this film before. Rob Reiner's latest is no more than a generic amble through the countryside of a late-age rom-com. 

Best and most recently it was called Something's Gotta Give, and it starred Jack Nicholson alongside a sassier and less self-loathing Diane Keaton than the one we meet here.

In And So It Goes, Michael Douglas slips easily enough into the Jack Nicholson-shaped hole at the heart of the film, and Keaton is game as ever as the good-hearted-woman-who-will-humanise-the-curmudgeon.

Douglas's son has a 10-year-old daughter, and he needs Dad to care for her while he goes away. Douglas reluctantly does so, and the rehabilitation that will lead him to Keaton's warm embrace is underway.

Fine, it's a genre, we know what to expect. But And So It Goes also witlessly co-opts heroin addiction, bigotry, and a general mean-spiritedness into its narrative. 

There's a couple of good support roles on show, while Douglas' and Keaton's comic timing is a fine thing to behold, but overall, this is a poor film, done badly.

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