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And So It Goes reminds us what Diane Keaton does best

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And So It Goes


Though the title of Rob Reiner's new romantic comedy has no clear relation to the plot, Mr. Reiner's leads make up for all of the small bumps the film stumbles over.

Michael Douglas, a man whose comedic chops are still as well defined as his dramatic ones, steps into the role of a (mostly) unlovable real estate agent who is trying to sell his house and is living in an apartment building he owns before he moves to Vermont for retirement. Rude and obnoxious to those around him, he finds his match in Diane Keaton, whose raw and beautifully humorous performance recalls her "Annie Hall" days. Ms. Keaton plays Mr. Douglas's neighbor who is used to his antics and has taken on the task of trying to make him "human."

Upon the arrival of Michael Douglas's son (the two have not seen each other in ten years since the passing of Douglas's wife and the fact that his son was a heroin act), his son announces he is being sent to jail for nine months and wants him to watch over his granddaughter (who Douglas didn't know he had) until he gets out.

What transpires is a predictable romantic comedy with a child in the middle, adding to the humorous situations that allow growth for Michael Douglas's character. However, it's Diane Keaton's character that provides the most powerful moments of the film. At 65 years old, she is a failed lounge singer who cries at the drop of a hat. She is dating her piano player (a very funny Rob Reiner) and doesn't think much of herself. When she takes charge in the care of Douglas's granddaughter, she finds herself becoming the mother she was always scared she could never be.

Shot in typical Reiner fashion with appealing cameos to match, "And So It Goes" is a fun time. Many critics will pan the film for its lack of depth and maybe even its lack of originality but this is true entertainment. Two A-list actors giving it their all, bringing us into their hearts and souls. As funny as the film is, it's also difficult at times. The lump in your throat will be there, without a doubt.

Don't listen to the bad reviews. Give it a chance. If for nothing else, then just for the mere fact of watching an actor of Diane Keaton's caliber always rise to the occasion and give us hope there are still interesting parts for women over 21.