And So It Goes (2014) is a romantic comedy drama from director Rob Reiner that stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Even with that cast and director, this film, unfortunately, is a pale comparison to another film about a crusty old man also written by Mark Andrus titled As Good as It Gets (1997).
The beats between the films were similar. The only difference is the crusty old man Oren Little (Douglas) tries to romance a woman closer to his age, Leah (Keaton). Instead of a dog as the object that knocks the crust off of the old man, this film has a young girl, Sarah, played by Sterling Jerins, who is the daughter of Little’s estranged son, who needs to be taken care of the while her father spends time in prison. At first Little wants nothing to do with her mainly because he wants nothing to do with his son.
Some other common points: instead of the object of the old man’s attention being a single mom working as waitress, here she is a recent widow trying to continue her lounge singing career, and instead of a New York City apartment building, Little and the neighbors he torments, live in a smaller apartment building he owns in Connecticut.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked the movie in general. It was entertaining but I felt too much like I had seen it all before. I was also put off by how quick Little is redeemed after how much time his ass quality is built up in the first part of the film.
The cast is great and Douglas chews up the scenery, but even this cast and Rob Reiner can’t put this film above just being a remake of As Good as It Gets.
Check this out if you haven’t seen the other film or need something to watch on a rainy day.
*Side Note* Every time I hear the title of this film, And So It Goes, I keep getting the Rockpile song “So It Goes” in my head.