Flash Movie Review: And So it Goes

It takes real effort for a person to act mean. Because everyone has the potential for good and evil I believe, it comes down to making choices. For example the brother who invites all but one sibling to his son’s special event or the person in the elevator who sees you running towards them and does nothing to prevent the doors from closing just as you are about to reach them. These people were acting mean in my opinion. Now there are some individuals who look mean, display a tough exterior, but beneath it they are completely sweet. I have a friend who cuts an imposing figure. Well over 6 feet tall and bulky, the irises of his eyes are as black as his pupils. His pale complexion only intensifies the glare of his deep set eyes when he is looking at you. I have seen many strangers move out of his way when he is walking down the street. Once you are familiar to him, his piercing eyes look more like the button eyes on a stuffed teddy bear and his physical size diminishes into soft edges. I know meanness can be based on a person’s perception; but unless one has evidence, don’t you think most people determine if someone could be mean by the way they look?    BEING mean was what realtor Oren Little, played by Michael Douglas (Last Vegas, Falling Down), thrived on when he had to deal with people. All he wanted to do was sell one last big property so he could retire. His plans were blown when the granddaughter he never knew he had Sarah, played by Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring, World War Z), was dumped at his front door. Not interested in the 9 year old girl Oren tried to push her off on his neighbor Leah, played by Diane Keaton (The Godfather franchise, Mad Money), so he could continue on his way. Just how mean could Oren remain towards the two females? This comedic drama was utterly predictable which was why I gave you more information about the movie than usual. I found it sad that Michael and Diane were both stuck with the script; it did not offer one single new thing. Directed by Rob Reiner (The Bucket List, When Harry Met Sally), there just was not much one could do to try and make this film pleasurable. The crowd in the theater who were all older had an equal mix of positive and negative comments as they were exiting at the end of the movie. I know the movie studio was not trying to be mean by boring me for the duration of this picture; however, they were not very nice to make a poorly written film.


1 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 6, 2014, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. You have got a better script here and a nice climax than the movie, I feel 🙂

  2. This film got slightly better during the second half in an effort to redeem Douglas’ character but by then the damage has already been done.

    And tons of the humor falls flat because it is like you alluded to: Oren just goes around being mean to everyone, and those others just take it, not allowed (by the script) to dish back, at least until the second half somewhat.

    I was the youngest guy at my theater giving this a watch a few weeks back. Most seemed to enjoy it, but I recognize that this isn’t catered to my age group. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that this is a lazy movie and one that is seen on Lifetime somewhat frequently. Sorry for the long comment, great review!

  3. Putting the film aside, I believe your words describe exactly our human life… and the potential that we all have in going beyond… keep up the great work… even if I don’t always agree with your thoughts… Barbara

    • Thank you so much Barbara, I appreciate it. Also we are in synch regarding whether we are in agreement or not. For me it is not about swaying a person to my way of thinking; it is about revealing how the movie had an effect on me. A good movie is a film that moves the viewer in either directions. Be well.

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