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Everybody's Fine (2009)

Robert DeNiro , Drew Barrymore , Kirk Jones  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale
  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0032BWL10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everybody's Fine" on IMDb

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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 children 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.

Bonus Features include The Making Of Paul McCartney's (I Want To) Come Home, Deleted & Extended Scenes

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One thing Robert De Niro can't be accused of is avoiding a challenge. Everybody's Fine obliges this respected actor, who made his bones playing dangerous, volatile men, to portray a low-key retiree named Frank Goode. Frank's wife has died, and since she alone kept them in touch with their four grown offspring, now scattered around the country, he's doubly cut off from family. When the Goode kids all find excuses to skip a planned reunion, Frank hauls out his suitcase and boards Amtrak with the intention of dropping in on each of them: the tightly wound Chicago ad exec (Kate Beckinsale), the Denver musician (Sam Rockwell) who's supposedly a symphony conductor, the sweet Vegas showgirl (Drew Barrymore), and the Greenwich Village artist son who's nowhere to be found. That son remains offscreen for the duration, and his portentous absence has the unintended effect of emphasizing what a hollow enterprise Everybody's Fine is. Don't blame the cast, who do yeoman work trying to define their long-unsatisfactory relationship as parent and children. None of the kids hate Dad; they just never found a measure of comfort with him, so now everybody, far from being fine, is living one fiction or another to keep it mellow. For his part, Frank suffers from an undefined illness brought on by his life's work making insulation for phone wires; and lo, throughout his journey we're urged to notice telephone cables slipping by outside the train or bus window--lines of communication!--even as the siblings are warily monitoring Dad's progress by cell phone. Writer-director Kirk Jones once made an ersatz-Irish movie, Waking Ned Devine (1997), that vulgarized ethnicity in the interests of cheap laughs and patronizing sentimentality. In Everybody's Fine Jones manages the neat trick of vulgarizing delicacy. The movie wants to pass for a sensitive meditation on the white lies people tell one another and themselves. But it so reeks of bad faith and calculation that the message isn't worth delivering. --Richard T. Jameson

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What You Don't Know WILL Hurt You! December 15, 2009
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!
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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.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DeNiro bulls-eye December 11, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just think in my two beautiful daughters and pray to the lord that...
This movie made me cry a lot. I just think in my two beautiful daughters and pray to the lord that they always are fine and happy.
Published 14 hours ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie makes you appreciate the little things on life.
Published 17 hours ago by Isaac
3.0 out of 5 stars At least nice to have a movie where there are no guns ...
An OK story. At least nice to have a movie where there are no guns and nobody killed.
Published 21 hours ago by S. Waskilewicz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok
Published 1 day ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good.
Published 1 day ago by Susan Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody,s Fine
True to everyday life, most will be able to relate. Love the title
Great movie
Published 1 day ago by LadyBug84
3.0 out of 5 stars ... some people insight into what a dysfunctional family looks like.
It may give some people insight into what a dysfunctional family looks like.
Published 1 day ago by Judy Goodreau
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Mild entertainment
Published 1 day ago by OC Mommy in MO
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a waste of time
Well done slice of "this American life". Definitely not a waste of time.
Published 1 day ago by sal3
5.0 out of 5 stars All too often, we try (or are coerced) to ...
All too often, we try (or are coerced) to live up to the expectations of our parent(s), and in doing so, create a life that we're so unhappy with that we've become lost to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Miss T.
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