It Goes (7/10)
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton give good performances in this romantic
comedy about people who have passed the prime of life, the person who
steals the show is Sterling Jerins, who plays Sarah, the nine-year old
granddaughter of Oren Little (Douglas). She gives a performance that
belies her tender years.
an irascible live-in landlord of a four-plex. He alienates
everyone, including kindly Leah (Keaton), who lives next door to him.
Directed by Rob Reiner, with a script is by Mark Andrus, who wrote the
excruciatingly funny As Good As It Gets (1997), itís not as funny as
Reinerís classic, When Harry Met Sally (1989), or as Andrusís classic,
but itís a family rated film that is entertaining enough.
plays a singer. While her voice is fine for the role sheís playing, a
relatively unsuccessful cabaret singer, itís not something that will
make anyone want to run out to buy an album. Itís actually perfect for
this role because you hear voices like this singing in lots of small
bars and clubs around the country.
The location is in a rundown area which is
appropriate for these middle class people. The location was Black Rock,
Connecticut on Long Island Sound, an area that is rundown and been on
the economic decline for 90 years.
most humorous parts, and the most realistic, are the romantic attempts
between Douglas and Keaton. Both have lost lifelong spouses and are
reluctant and uncomfortable in a dating situation that necessarily
involves the issue of sex. This is not Cary Grant romancing Deborah Kerr
in An Affair to Remember (1957) or Burt Lancaster after Kerr in From
Here to Eternity (1953).
Reiner directs it, though, is genuine and humorous. Keaton was
uncomfortable with the bed scene and asked Reiner if she could do the sex
scene with her clothes on. So the line, ďIím leaving my bra onĒ was
added to the scene and only the aftermath is shown.
unfamiliarity with how to act in a romantic relationship brings another
character into the film, Claire (Frances Sternhagen), a real estate
broker with Oren, to whom he turns for advice. What he gets, though, is
crusty language not expected from an elderly lady.
Finally, there are two noteworthy cameos. Director Reiner plays Leahís
piano player (with a dyed beard so he isnít instantly recognizable) and
legendary Frankie Valli (the frontman for The Four Seasons) plays a club
owner for whom Leah auditions near the end of the film. Keaton didnít
know that the man for whom she was auditioning was Valli until Reiner
asked her if she were nervous having to audition in front of Frankie
Valli. She asked, ďFrankie Valli? Whereís Frankie Valli?Ē
itís a reasonably entertaining movie, itís one that will be enjoyed more
by women than men, who might start to fidget after a while.