And So It Goes (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

And So It Goes (2014)



Critic Consensus: And So It Goes aims for comedy, but with two talented stars stuck in a half-hearted effort from a once-mighty filmmaker, it ends in unintentional tragedy.

Movie Info

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 -- until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) 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 (Diane Keaton) 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 - in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner. (c) Clariusmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references and drug elements)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Andrus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2014
Clarius Entertainment - Official Site


Michael Douglas
as Oren Little
Frankie Valli
as Club Owner
Yaya Alafia
as Kennedy
Amirah Vann
as Rashida
David Leitch
as Leah's Bassist
Murphy Occhino
as Leah's Drummer
Alvin Crawford
as Paramedic
Mina Mirkhah
as Paramedic
Theo Stockman
as Pet Store Employee
Kerry Flanagan
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for And So It Goes

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (31)

Everything about the movie is as uninspired as the title.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Top Critic

[A] depressingly monotonous Rob Reiner-directed comedy starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

And So It Goes may touch the frayed heartstrings of some older viewers, but it's pretty bad - the failed attempt to Heimlich a venerable movie genre.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

... has some modest charm but overall remains mired in obvious plotting and cheap sentimentality.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014

Everything seems to work out so perfectly here that the film is less about life's rich rewards and more about light-hearted convenience.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...a pedestrian narrative that remains both predictable and uninvolving at virtually every turn...

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
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Audience Reviews for And So It Goes

Average. I watched it, and I found it okay to watch once, but definitely not something to re watch.
Michael Douglas I have never been a fan of, and he's totally decrepit and kind of an ass here, so difficult to be cheering him on as a romantic hero.
Diane Keaton is fine. She does seem to play the same character over and over, though.
I didn't like a lot of the supporting characters. Those screaming little boys, honestly, I'm surprised it was the dog he shot at. The chain smoking old hag and the ex druggie son. I don't even get what that little plot was doing in the movie. The grand daughter was okay.
I also didn't really buy that he was loaded, but he wanted to live in that tiny apartment with the screaming kids (ditto new baby - btw, the birth scene also did not belong and could have done without it. Seriously why?? The mother was barely a character and it added nothing to the story). and this after he "got" Diane. Ffs, use your money and buy a house!
Hmmm... It was you can see, a few things annoyed me. An older audience might enjoy.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


From director Rob Reiner comes the lighthearted, off-beat comedy And So It Goes. The story follows a curmudgeonly real estate agent named Oren Little who's forced to take in his estranged granddaughter when his son is sent to prison. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are fairly good, but it's newcomer Sterling Jerins who really shines and gives the film its heart. Additionally, Reiner does a nice job at creating some touching character moments. However, the plot's rather trite and clichéd; following the usual stereotypes of an old man reforming is ways. And So It Goes is a bit of fun, but overall it a formulaic film that plays it safe.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Given the 2 leads and the director, I was expecting this film to be better. I was disappointed. Rob Reiner's last 2 films (The Magic of Belle Isle and Flipped) were better than this. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before. In a weird way, it reminded me of Ulees Gold. The film is predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The tone was off. The film needed a rewrite. At times it doesn't know if it wants to be a serious drama or a comedy.

I feel like I have seen Douglas play this role before. It reminded me a little bit of his role in Last Vegas. Douglas's last teaming with Reiner, The American President, was much better than this. I felt like I have seen Diane Keaton play this role before. It felt similar to her role in Something's Gotta Give. That was also a better film than this. Douglas and Keaton are great together. Frances Sternhagen and Rob Reiner provide comic relief in the film.

Despite the problems, the film is only worth checking out for Keaton and Douglas. Let's hope their next film together will be better than this one.

Sol C

Super Reviewer

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