And So It Goes follows the story of Oren Little (Michael Douglas), a grumpy man with a negative outlook at life. When his son, who he hardly sees, is placed in prison, Oren is left to look after his nine year old granddaughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who he only just found out even existed. Now he must figure out how to look after a kid, along with the help of his neighbour, Leah (Diane Keaton).
And So It Goes is not only a major disappointment, but it's also a massive failure. I enjoy Rob Reiner, he's both a decent director and actor, and so I was hoping he could pull this movie off, in fact prior to the reviews coming in I was almost certain he would. The trailers advertised it as an enjoyable film and so I was very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the trailers show every moment of humour in this film. The worst part about this is that, because I'd already seen the jokes, I only chuckled twice in this movie. No more, no less. I didn't laugh at the jokes from the trailer and the jokes that weren't shown, I didn't find funny in the least bit.
The character of Oren Little isn't likeable or relatable. I have nothing against films that feature a dislikable protagonist, but only if it's done right. In And So It Goes, Oren Little is an absolutely despicable character with no care for human emotions. I understand that the film is trying to show his transgression as a human being, but by the time that actually comes around I didn't care about the character or his fate. The protagonist of a film is our way into the story. He's the character we relate to most and the character that brings us along on the journey. It was impossible to enter into this world due to the fact that I wanted to hit the living-daylights out of Oren.
The film is very predictable. I knew going into this film that it was going to be predictable, but I was a) hoping I was wrong and b) ignoring my knowledge of this. Just from watching the trailer I could practically work out how everything in the film goes down, and as the film was nearing the end of the first act, these predictions were coming to life and it appeared that the rest of the film would go down this predictable path too, which it did.
The film's leads have great chemistry, but it doesn't help the film in any way. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton give decent enough performances in this overly terrible movie, but there's nothing else in this film that stand out. The two leads begin despising each other, perhaps the only thing I could relate to in this movie, but as the film goes on, their chemistry grows and you could tell that they were having a ball during production.
To sum up, And So It Goes is both a disappointment and a failure. The two leads have great chemistry, despite the presence of Douglas' despicable character, but they can't save the film from being bland, unfunny and predictable.
1 1/2 Stars