Every Day [Blu-ray]
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Working together with independent film producer Miranda Bailey ("The Squid and the Whale", "The Oh in Ohio", "Dead & Breakfast"), Levine wrote and directed "Every Day", a low budget film which would feature an all-star cast with Liev Shreiber ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Salt", "Defiance"), Carla Gugino ("Watchmen", "Sin City", "Night at the Museum"), Helen Hunt ("Mad About You", "As Good as it Gets", "Twister", "What Women Want"), Brian Dennehy ("Ratatouille", "First Blood", "Romeo+Juliet"), Eddie Izzard ("Valkyrie", "Ocean's Thirteen", "The Riches"), Ezra Miler ("City Island", "After School") and Skyler Fortgang ("Damages", "American Gangster").
"Every Day" is a 2010 film which focuses on a family in New York.
Ned (played by Liev Schreiber) is a writer for a TV series in which his demanding boss Garrett (played by Eddie Izzard) wants more sensationalism in his scripts and since they are not good enough, they are constantly rejected. Ned is married to Jeannie (played by Helen Hunt), a former working professional who is now stressed out that her estranged father Ernie (played by Brian Dennehy) is no longer able to take care of himself and now he must move in with them.Read more ›
My only criticism of this movie is that Hunt, in her role as Jeannie, comes across as so desperately unhappy, bitter, and angry that she borders on being shrewish at times. On the other hand, she is in a very difficult situation, with a very unhappy, demanding, and critical father as well as the usual challenges of a home, marriage, children, etc.
Even though her unhappiness is understandable, it is sometimes hard to feel sympathy for her. She has difficulty maintaining any perspective. She is frequently so upset that I found it easy to understand why her husband felt lost on the sidelines at times (although he does his best to help ) and also why her children were frequently confused and scared. Her husband also (again, understandably) finds it hard to resist the appeal of an attractive co-worker who makes it clear she is open to evenings full of sex as well as work projects.
In spite of any issues with this movie, any viewers (raising hand) may well relate to Jeannie's challenge of trying to care for an aging parent. The primary duties fall to her and she is clearly over her head. She already had a difficult relationship with her father before he became ill and having him move in with her and the rest of her family doesn't make things easier. Brian Dennehy is superb as the father who struggles with both alcoholism and suicidal impulses.Read more ›
Schreiber and Hunt have invited her ailing and estranged father (Dennehy) to live with him during his declining health. Hunt, who sometimes falls a bit flat for me, is absolutely spot-on here. Bitter, angry, resentful--this is a letter perfect performance (and the film's best) from start to finish. You may not always like her, but her distant and antagonistic relationship with her father rings quite true as does her decision to try to make him comfortable despite her misgivings. Dennehy tries to maintain dignity as his body betrays him, but does little to ingratiate himself with the clan. Miller, their eldest son, is exploring his burgeoning homosexuality and this is a strain for Schreiber who hasn't quite come to terms with things.Read more ›
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Great cast. Life can be overwhelming sometimes, but hang in there and everything will be alright.Published 5 months ago by R. Smith
If you're trying to see every movie Liev ever did, as I am, this won't be a disappointment although I'm still not so sure I really like Helen Hunt in this role. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Monica Y. Dennis
This film reminds me of another horrible Liev movie, A Perfect Man. It seems to have no purpose. The children are totally miscast. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen G.
This was a very depressing movie from every angle. There is so much wrong with this movie I don't even want to get into it. It might appeal to the sick and morbid. Read morePublished 13 months ago by dhart
A moving movie about a sandwich aged couple. Sandwich aged couples take care of their kids and parents. There were some laughs, but this is a story about life as it is.Published 13 months ago by K. Stephens
I didn't open it. I received a copy as a gift. I returned it. It was a good movie though.Published 13 months ago by nancy
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