Robert DeNiro leads an acclaimed all-star cast Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell in Everybody s Fine, the heartwarming film that will move you to laughter and tears. When Frank Goode's (DeNiro) grown childre... more »n cancel a family reunion, the recent widower sets off on a cross-country journey to reconnect with each of them. Expecting to share in the joys of their happy, successful lives, his surprise visits reveal a picture that's far from perfect. A family separated by physical and emotional distance finds a way to come together in a story that will touch your heart.
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 6/9/2013...
Everybody's Fine is a film everyone who is a DeNiro fan should see and those who don't particularly favor him definitely should watch this great film! He is so natural as always. Never see him acting or working for it... he just climbs into the skin of his characters and goes with it! The story in this movie is familiar to many who have family members who are not exactly perfect, but who is? Dad goes across country to see how well his adult kids are doing after becoming a widower. It's all about communicating with each other and taking life one day at a time! Fabulous movie!
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Linda M. (MFamily) from ALPHARETTA, GA Reviewed on 8/30/2011...
The worst movie ever!!
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Dale H. from CARTER LAKE, IA Reviewed on 8/19/2011...
"I went by myself, a 62 year-old with 4 grown sons. I sat in my old hunting coat and sniffled and cried for however long it was. I think De Niro wears his role with both an ease and a genius few possess. I'll get the DVD as soon as it's released. I know De Niro's own real-life dad passed shortly before his "Bronx Tales" was released, and perhaps, in some zen-like chi, this kinda closes a circle on the dad-stuff there. I met De Niro once, and was extremely impressed with his character (as in 'integrity', not as in an acting role)."
What You Don't Know WILL Hurt You!
Lorraine Hornig | Bechtelsville, PA USA | 12/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a big fan of Robert De Niro, I was excited to see him appearing in another dramatic role. De Niro appears as a widower who embarks on a cross-country trip to visit each of his four children after they all cancel their plans to visit him at his home in Elmira, New York. Against his physician's advise he sets out and each of the four stops is a disappointment as he slowly realizes, by their thinly veiled excuses, that something isn't "right". A perfectionistic father who coated electrical wiring for a living, he expected his children to reach the top of their chosen fields(an artist, an advertising executive, a musician / conductor, and a dancer). As the story unfolds it become apparent that the kids have gone to great lengths to present a facade of success and happiness. He comes to realize that the negative details of his children's lives have always been hidden from him...even by his now deceased wife. In a touching scene when he insists on the truth regarding one of his children, he responds with, "No, No...tell me it's not true." The bottom line: this family kept secrets and secrets benefit no one. This very thought-provoking film is a real tear-jerker, so be prepared. I disagree with the opinions of many of the professional critics. This was an incredible film! Robert De Niro approached his role with tenderness and sensitivity and in my opinion was the top performance of the year. This film will be a definite addtion to my DVD collection. I highly recommend it!"
Beautifully melancholic tale of a father trying to reconnect
Edmonson | Canada | 12/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kirk Jones wrote and directed "Everybody's Fine". This is an wonderfully quiet film that follows the lonely Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) who goes on a trip to visit his children (Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell), since they were too busy to visit him. Unbeknown to Frank is that his artist son, who is in Mexico, has run into some problems, but the other children are trying to cover up this fact. We follow Frank, who is a kind, and intelligent man, who has never really been close to his children, and who is making the effort to bridge this gap late in his life. This is a heartfelt exploration about a father trying to connect with his children which inevitably nurtures a feeling of goodwill and love."
Beautiful, Meaningful, Sad & Ultimately Heart-Touching!!
MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! | Orlando, FL | 03/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say about Robert DeNiro that we don't already know.... In addition to playing some of the most iconic characters of the last 35 yrs in film, he is in the upper echelon of the greatest actors ever to do it! He has proven this fact even more in the last 15 yrs, where he has added to his reportoire of serious & menacing tough guy roles, sharply comedic and deeply emotional ones as well in which he has proven to be quite effective. This movie "Everybody's Fine" is an emotional tour de force! Deniro plays an aging father who is recently widowed and counting his own last days as an undisclosed disease slowly ravages his body. He finds himself lonely and trying to keep up the good front as he struggles from day to day just with the mundane tasks of life. His only solace comes in the memories he has of his children, all grown now and living their own lives in different cities across the country. When he invites them all home for a cookout/family reunion, he is disappointed when they all find reasons to cancel one by one because their busy schedules. What DeNiro's character finds is that in his zeal to see his kids do well in life, he has in fact pushed them all so hard that they feel alienated from him. They all found it much more easier to communicate with their deceased mother, who, like a lot of mothers, handled the affairs of her children's lives as well her own with seemingly effortless ease. She never shared any bad news with her husband (their father) regarding the struggles of their kids lives, inadvertently helping to foster the very detached emotional environment he finds himself in with his kids. This he doesn't like, as he is now in a reflective state in his life and wanting and needing his children to be closer to him. So he sets about his own journey to re-acquaint himself with each one of them, and without giving anymore away, it suffices to say that it's a journey filled with deep emotion and substance that will have you shedding more than a few tears before it's all over. Not only is DeNiro subtle & brilliant in this, but he's supported by an excellent cast of top shelf actors and actresses who collectively help to bring this film home big time! These are things that REAL PEOPLE face in EVERYDAY LIFE as we grow older, things change, we lose our loved ones, and the stresses of the day to day grind pull us further and further apart from the loved ones who are still alive. This story is filled with brilliant writing and direction as well and I warn you, you will be tearing up a few times before it ends! I rented this movie first to check it out, but I'll defintely be buying it very soon because it's worth it. I highly recommend this film! (-:"
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Gregory Ehrbar | Orlando, FL | 02/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everybody's Fine is a "people" movie, a study of characters -- both central and peripheral. It's a drama with some comedic elements, heavy on emotion but low on over-the-top histrionics. And depending on where it might hit you in your own life, it can be a real tearjerker, in that good way that makes you think about the important things and discuss them with the important people in your life.
Robert DeNiro gives an understated performance as a father who would not or could not realize he was expressing lifelong disappointment with his children if they were less than "the best." They had spent years hiding any flaws from him and sharing their struggles only with their mother, who had passed several months earlier.
Their stories come together as he travels the country to reconnect. Along the way, British director Kirk Wise (Waking Ned, Nanny McPhee) presents snapshots of interesting characters and fascinating faces, both genial and malevolent.
The part that touched my wife and me most was the technique using children to speak for their grownup counterparts in key sections of the film. DeNiro's character still sees them as school age kids and, through his reveries, so do we. It's not a new technique but it seems to work effectively here and often hits hard in ways that standard confrontational scenes could not. Since our kids are school age and we have parents we want to please too, it made my wife and I think about our own parent/child relationships.
One of the messages of the movie seems to be that it's not too late to pick up the pieces, but you can suffer great losses if you get too distracted and wait too long -- and we all need to take a breath and be more accepting of one another's choices. It's not so much that we should "settle" but rather that there are better ways to measure true success.
My only criticism of the DVD is that there is NO AUDIO COMMENTARY. There are a few extended scenes and a short look at Paul McCartney's involvement in creating a song for the film. A commentary was sorely missed.