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And So It Goes

July 31, 2014 by Alison Bailes divider image

With its generic title, wishy-washy script and blatant attempts at relevance by injecting raunchy gags, Rob Reiner’s latest comedy is a sad reminder of how long it’s been since he helmed “When Harry met Sally”. I will give him props for making a movie where the lead characters are not teenagers or aliens or sentient […]


With its generic title, wishy-washy script and blatant attempts at relevance by injecting raunchy gags, Rob Reiner’s latest comedy is a sad reminder of how long it’s been since he helmed “When Harry met Sally”.

I will give him props for making a movie where the lead characters are not teenagers or aliens or sentient robots. It’s refreshing to see that someone still wants to make films that feature seasoned actors dealing with mature issues. In this case, the topic is moving on with romance after the loss of a spouse. And it stars Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas so what could possible go wrong?

Let’s start with the script by Mark Andrus (“As Good as it gets”) which throws out-of-place, crude humor and sex jokes into a story about two adults learning to trust again. There is of course room for genuine comedy in such a story….but there is very little of that here.

Douglas plays Oren Little, a mean-spirited widower whose every word is uttered with contempt for his fellow man. While trying to sell the Connecticut mansion where he lived happily with his late wife, he occupies an apartment in a bucolic complex along the waterfront. His neighbors are a telegenic, demographically mixed bunch whose characters are thinly sketched and shamefully shoehorned in for “comic” relief. Oren keeps to himself, not even paying attention to the beautiful, charming widow (Keaton) who lives right next door. Continue reading here…


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