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  • 2.0

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    For all of its 93 minutes, you never feel anything significant is at stake for anyone — save for a paycheck.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    And So It Goes plays a little like the graying lounge act it honors: It's impressive for its age, though not altogether impressive.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    More bland than bad, And So It Goes is being dumped into a crowded mid-July schedule in the hope that someone tired of noisy blockbusters might see it. The problem is, as antidotes go, this one is most likely to induce sleep as a means of relief.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    No one who sees the film will feel it breaks any new ground, but as a cinematic equivalent of comfort food, it goes down easily.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    And So It Goes is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. The pleasure comes from experiencing the fine performances and semi-frequent smile-inducing dialogue, bolstered in no small fashion by the wonderful comedic timing of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Lukewarm romcom has some drug content, swearing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that And So It Goes is a Rob Reiner-directed romcom about sullen, widowed real estate agent Oren Little (Michael Douglas), who's estranged from his adult son ... who one day shows up unexpectedly and asks Oren to take in the granddaughter he didn't know he had. It's a situation ripe for disappointment and mistakes, which include Oren introducing the girl to her long-lost mother, a heroin junkie, and discussing serious topics (including his flirtation with the next-door neighbor, played by Diane Keaton) and just being the disgruntled person he is. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), sometimes in front of children, as well as smoking, drinking, drug use, implied sex, and themes that are too mature for younger kids.

  • Families can talk about what role drugs/drug use plays in And So It Goes' plot. How did drugs get in the way of Oren's relationship with his son? What are the other consequences of substance use here? Are they realistic?
  • Hollywood often pairs disgruntled men with kind women who are depicted as softening them. What do you make of this cliche? How does it play out here?
  • What audience do you think this movie is aimed at? How can you tell?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Forgiveness is powerful and changes everyone -- both the forgiven and the forgiver. Sometimes, the crustiest exterior can mask a soft center, as it is with Oren. And those who struggle with addiction can find themselves in a better place.

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    Role models: Almost everyone in the film is well-intentioned and kind-hearted except Oren, who's rude, sometimes mean, and prejudiced (he sizes people up based on ethnic stereotypes). He's angry about the loss of his wife and disappointed in his son, but he does change for the better over the course of the film.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character shoots a dog with a paint gun. An addict talks about robbing houses. Neighbors get testy with each other.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A flirtation ends up with two people in bed -- they're shown kissing and, later, under the covers, shoulders bared, presumably post-coital. Some discussion about sex lives.

  • language false3

    Language: Words used include "s--t," "a--hole," and "d--k."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands/logos/products seen include Apple iPhone, MacBook Pro, Duck Dynasty, and Bed, Bath, Beyond.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink socially (mojitos, martini, wine). A real estate agent always smokes a cigarette (even indoors). A man is shown wobbly and obviously drunk getting out of his car, presumably having just driven. A character is a cleaned-up heroin addict. In one scene, Oren goes to an addict's apartment to track down Sara's mother; there are junkies tripping there. When Sara meets her mother, she's strung out on heroin.