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Issue: Winter 2014

And So It Goes (2014) movie review

Good Things Come...

Oren Little (Michael Douglas) was a big man in the real estate boom of the 1990s. He wound up with a house worth 8.6 million, which he's trying to sell. And while he's doing that he's living in Little Shangri-La and making the lives of the other tenants miserable, including small-time lounge singer Leah (Diane Keaton). But his life is about to change when his son announces he's going to jail and Oren is left with custody of the granddaughter he didn't know he had.

This unpretentious film is the latest from, and featuring, director Rob Reiner (The Story of Us, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally...) .

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Movie poster, And So It Goes
There Are A Million Reasons Not To Like Oren Little. Just Ask Everyone.

The theatres are filled with impossibly beautiful young people performing with impossible athleticism in films that often lack any depth or human feeling. The films are about special effects creations -- monsters, space ships, robots, or really fast cars and really destructive guns.

And So It Goes is a film about people. Although the leads are much better known than the supporting cast, and the character of Oren Little is front-and-center, this is a film about the tenants of Shangri-La.

The opening sequences show Oren as selfish, pompous, shallow and opinionated, disinterested in the people around him with the possible exception of his chain-smoking best friend and employer (Frances Sternhagen).

When his grand-daughter comes into his life, and his son is put in jail Oren must interact with the others in Shangri-La. He is on the path to redemption, and to the recovery of his heart.

Keaton gets to showcase her bluesy voice, and although under-utilised, Annie Parisse and Rob Reiner put an effort into their supporting parts.

This is a film about people, as all the best films are. It could be set anywhere. The characters could be anyone. That universality lifts a simple story to something worth seeing again and again.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 7th August 2014
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See also: Rob Reiner also directed Alex & Emma, The Story of Us, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally...; Diane Keaton also appeared in The First Wives Club; Because I Said So;

Just the facts:

Title: And So It Goes (2014)
Written by: Mark Andrus
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Running time: 94 mins

The Players: Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas, Annie Parisse, Rob Reiner, Frances Sternhagen, Sterling Jerins

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