Friday, July 25, 2014
And So It Goes
Director Rob Reiner and writer Mark Andrus, both very accomplished in their own right, seem to have borrowed this romantic dramedy right from the Nancy Meyers playbook. The recipe that has served her well with films like 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'It's Complicated' is the same. Take two or three silver haired and talented movie stars, add in a generous amount of beautiful homes and enviable locations, force some chemistry that isn't really there, waste most of said talent with trite drama and comedy that falls flat ... and so it goes. This mixture of family drama and geriatric romance is filled with every cliche in the Meyers book. I actually even considered walking out in the first half because it was just too painful to watch Douglas and Keaton have to endure this. The good news, however, is the second half is more palatable.
Who is this movie for? There's just no reason to see this in the theater. If you love Nancy Meyers' films and/or enjoyed 'Parental Guidance' with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in 2012, then see it when it comes to Video on Demand.