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Everybodys Fine (2009)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 24,677 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 4 December 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:99 min
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Everybodys Fine (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Everybodys Fine (2009)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 24,677 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 4 December 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:99 min
  • Filming Location: Connecticut, USA
  • Budget: $21,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $8,855,646(USA)(20 December 2009)
  • Director: Kirk Jones
  • Stars: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell
  • Original Music By: Dario Marianelli   
  • Soundtrack: (I Want To) Come Home
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Retired | Widower | Heart Trouble | Visit | Doctor

Writing Credits By:

  • Kirk Jones (written by)
  • Giuseppe Tornatore (original screenplay) and
  • Tonino Guerra (original screenplay) &
  • Massimo De Rita (original screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • During the film, the character of Frank, who made his livelihood in telephone wire, uses land-line telephones (payphones, etc). The children all use mobile (wireless) telephones.
  • Bradley Cooper put himself on tape to audition for a role as Robert De Niro’s son (with his own mother playing the part of De Niro). He lost out to Sam Rockwell.

Goofs: Errors in geography: When they were first in the limo in Vegas, the car was heading south on LVB, passing the Excalibur on the right. A minute later, the mid-strip hotels were also on the right. This is impossible – unless driving backwards.

Plot: A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children. Full summary » |  »

Story: Frank Goode lives by himself in Elmira, NY, a recent widower with heart trouble, retired from a factory job, proud of having pushed his adult children toward success. In the summer, all four kids bail on a reunion, so, against doctor's orders, Frank decides to surprise each with a visit. He sets out to see his artist son in New York City, his daughter the ad exec in Chicago, his son the conductor on tour and presently in Denver, and his daughter who's a performer in Vegas. None are as he imagines or hopes. Will they let him see themselves as they are, and can this dad adapt?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


Synopsis: An older man decides to spend time with his children, however his children each have different plans in mind. He soon realizes his children aren’t as successful as they claim to be. He also discovers they are hiding other secrets too. This is a super good movie and a tear jerker so get your your pop corn, get your easy chair, and don’t forget tissues.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Vittorio Cecchi Gori known as producer
  • Ted Field known as producer
  • Craig J. Flores known as executive producer
  • Callum Greene known as executive producer
  • Glynis Murray known as producer
  • Gianni Nunnari known as producer
  • Nathalie Peter-Contesse known as co-producer
  • Joe Rosenberg known as executive producer
  • Meir Teper known as executive producer
  • Vitaliy Versace known as co-executive producer
  • Mike Weber known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert De Niro known as Frank Goode
  • Drew Barrymore known as Rosie
  • Kate Beckinsale known as Amy
  • Sam Rockwell known as Robert
  • Lucian Maisel known as Jack
  • Damian Young known as Jeff
  • James Frain known as Tom
  • Melissa Leo known as Colleen
  • Katherine Moennig known as Jilly
  • Brendan Sexton III known as Mugger
  • James Murtaugh known as Dr. Ed
  • Austin Lysy known as David
  • Chandler Frantz known as Young David
  • Lily Mo Sheen known as Young Amy (as Lily Sheen)
  • Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick known as Young Robert
  • Mackenzie Milone known as Young Rosie
  • Kene Holliday known as Butcher
  • E.J. Carroll known as Wine Man
  • Scott Cohen known as Conductor
  • Lou Carbonneau known as BBQ Salesman
  • Mandell Butler known as Delivery Man
  • Caroline Clay known as Amtrak Ticket Agent
  • Katy Grenfell known as Young Woman on 1st Train
  • Lynn Cohen known as Old Woman on 1st Train
  • Jayne Houdyshell known as Alice
  • William J. Slinsky Jr. known as Man on Platform
  • Kelly McAndrew known as Hooker
  • Jason Harris known as Cab Rider #1
  • Julián Rebolledo known as Cab Rider #2
  • Ben Liff known as Young Man in Diner #1 (94 yrs)
  • Harvey Liff known as Young Man in Diner #2 (86 yrs)
  • Lynn Blades known as Anchorwoman
  • Kevin Collins known as Anchorman
  • Patricia Phillips known as NY Woman on Street
  • Kevin Martin known as Man on Bus
  • Ben Schwartz known as Writer
  • Debargo Sanyal known as Art Director
  • Jackie Cronin known as Booking Office Lady
  • Erika Boseski known as Female Orchestra Member
  • Allie Woods Jr. known as Greyhound Station Assistant
  • Sonja Stuart known as Jean Goode
  • Mimi Lieber known as Jean Goode (voice)
  • Ethan Munsch known as Baby Max
  • Harrison Munsch known as Baby Max
  • Kira Visser known as Flight Attendant
  • Mattie Hawkinson known as Art Gallery Girl
  • Quarles Antoine known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Steve Antonucci known as Commuter (uncredited)
  • Joe Barbagallo known as Janitor (uncredited)
  • Bob Dio known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • Tom Margiotta known as Extra – Pilot (uncredited)
  • Ken Sladyk known as Max-Aircraft Ground Crew (uncredited)
  • Joel Vetsch known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Waneeki Yokomee-Fung known as Train Passenger (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Patricia Grande known as key hair stylist
  • Michelle Johnson known as hair department head
  • Persefone Karakosta known as key makeup artist
  • Jerry Popolis known as personal hair stylist: Robert DeNiro
  • Nuria Sitja known as makeup department head
  • Vasilios Tanis known as personal make-up artist to Kate Beckinsale
  • Carla White known as makeup artist: Robert DeNiro

Art Department:

  • Melanie J. Baker known as assistant set decorator
  • Shannon Canfield known as set dresser
  • Gina Cassesse known as construction shop production assistant
  • Robert Currie known as property master
  • Megan Day known as art production assistant
  • Ray Fisher known as leadman
  • Sean Haines known as on-set dresser
  • Gina Herold known as art department coordinator
  • Nicholas Hill known as assistant property master
  • David Kleinstein known as set dresser
  • Luke Malloy known as greensman
  • Marcus Migliore known as set dresser
  • Rich Pashayan known as construction grip best boy
  • Greg Sullivan known as charge scenic artist
  • Sophia Vasilakis known as scenic shop manager
  • Ginny Walsh known as greens foreman
  • Zachary Zirlin known as graphic artist
  • Saviel Rivera known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Miramax Films (presents)
  • Radar Pictures (in association with)
  • Hollywood Gang Productions

Other Companies:

  • VooDooDog  titles
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded and mixed at
  • Anvil Post Production  foley recording
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • De Lane Lea  adr recording
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Grant Wilfley Casting  extras casting
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • L.A. Studios, The  adr recording
  • Molinare Studio  digital intermediate (as Molinare London)
  • Molinare Studio  post-production
  • National Geographic Digital Motion  archive footage
  • Paramount Production Support  lighting equipment
  • Pinewood Studios  re-recorded at
  • Postworks  additional production services (as Postworks NY)
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sound 24  sound editing and re-recording
  • Sound One  additional sound services
  • Sound24  sound editing and re-recording
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Third Millenium Films Inc.  archive footage
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Miramax Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (all media)
  • Intercontinental Video (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Miramax Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios (2011) (Japan) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Intelligent Creatures (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Greg Astles known as 2d supervisor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Darren A. Bell known as visual effects executive producer: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Amy Benham known as visual effects production manager: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Min Hyun Cha known as digital compositor
  • Craig Clarke known as digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Peter Doyle known as supervising digital colourist
  • Jordan Flanagan known as digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Rasshi Ganeriwal known as visual effects production assistant: Intelligent Creatures, Inc
  • Jeffrey Klug known as senior systems engineer: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Lev Kolobov known as visual effects supervisor: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
  • Michelle Ledesma known as visual effects coordinator
  • Vlad Lysik known as digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Rick McMahon known as compositor
  • Chad Meire known as digital compositor
  • Lon Molnar known as visual effects production executive: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Adriano Mulè known as digital compositor
  • Jeff Newton known as 3d supervisor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Jordan Nieuwland known as digital matte painter: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
  • Chris Nokes known as visual effects line producer: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Scott Parker known as senior systems engineer: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Josa Leah 'SDB' Porter known as visual effects assistant production manager: Intelligent Creatures
  • Scott Riopelle known as senior digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures
  • Dave Salter known as digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Adam Smith known as digital compositor
  • Jean Phillipe Traore known as digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Steve Wigmore known as visual effects artist
  • Sarah Wormsbecher known as visual effects associate producer: Intelligent Creatures, Inc.
  • Bojan Zoric known as digital matte painting supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 3 November 2009 (AFI Film Festival)
  • USA 18 November 2009 (St. Louis International Film Festival)
  • USA 19 November 2009 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
  • USA 4 December 2009
  • Lithuania 18 December 2009
  • Israel 24 December 2009
  • Mexico 25 December 2009
  • Spain 1 January 2010
  • Poland 8 January 2010
  • Hong Kong 21 January 2010
  • Sweden 22 January 2010
  • Lebanon 28 January 2010
  • Singapore 28 January 2010
  • Panama 29 January 2010
  • Australia 4 February 2010
  • Turkey 5 February 2010
  • Czech Republic 18 February 2010
  • UK 19 February 2010 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Hungary 25 February 2010
  • Kuwait 25 February 2010
  • Estonia 26 February 2010
  • Ireland 26 February 2010
  • UK 26 February 2010
  • Peru 11 March 2010
  • Argentina 18 March 2010
  • Germany 18 March 2010
  • Greece 18 March 2010
  • Netherlands 18 March 2010
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 March 2010
  • Portugal 25 March 2010
  • Philippines 7 April 2010 (limited)
  • Brazil 12 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 1 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 25 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 5 November 2010
  • Japan 19 January 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. MovieZoo from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    Once the trailer hit the internet, I knew I was going to see thismovie. Nostalgia, De Niro and Barrymore were the primary reasons. Ofthose reasons, Nostalgia and De Niro were most responsible for the biglump in my throat and regret that I had no Kleenex.

    We go to movies to either escape reality or simply live in fantasy,don't we? I have to say, so much reality existed in this movie,escapism and fantasy seemed totally lost. The subtleties of everydaylife can mean so much in retrospect. Every little thing that we do, nomatter its importance, can come back and haunt us. That, surprisingly,is what makes this movie so real and endearing.

    Nothing about Everybody's Fine is lacking if you can find yourself orsomeone you know in this movie. The beauty of it is, you will findsomeone you know. If you haven't tricked yourself into thinking thismight be like Christmas Vacation or Planes, Trains and Automobiles,then I hope you can appreciate its evenly paced, nostalgia filledbeauty.

    De Niro has outdone himself with this simple heart-filled "grownfamily" film. I can truthfully say I liked him more in this thananything else he has done, although I also believe he probably didn'thave to dig too deep into his soul to be Frank Goode. I will besurprised if he has not turned the heads and hearts of those who cannominate him for an Oscar. While all the characters were easy to relateto, this movie was more about Frank Goode's journey from state to stateand through life.

    Believe me, Everybody's Fine is more than just fine.

    9/10 and one giant hug for everyone involved in making this beautifulfilm.

  2. jalapenoman from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    I saw this movie last night in a crowded theatre with persons ofvarying ages. At the conclusion of the film, I noticed smiles and tearsin the eyes of the older viewers and some boredom and rush to leave inthe younger ones. This is a movie for parents and will probably notappeal much to the under 25 set.

    That said, this is a beautiful, heart-felt, and sometimes painful storyof a father recognizing and coming to grips with the reality of hisparenting and his lack of control over his children's lives. It isabout truth and how we try to spare others pain or discomfort. It isabout how many parents still see their grown up children as smallchildren who we are responsible for.

    While the supporting cast turn in good performances, this is RobertDeNiro's movie. It is his best performance since Awakenings (hedeserved that Oscar, and not just the nomination).

    I suspect that this film will get a lot of nominations, but don't thinkit will win many awards. I base that on the idea that they youngervoters have not yet been in the shoes of the older ones and will not befully able to appreciate the character or his growth and understanding.

  3. PWNYCNY from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    How many times have you ever asked, or ever were asked the question:How are things? Invariably, one replies, "everything is fine," exceptof course it's not true. The response is a polite brush-off. This movieis about how a man decides not to accept the brush-off, this timecoming from his own children and as a result makes some interestingdiscoveries. This movie contains Robert DeNiro's strongest role inyears. The entire story revolves around his character and he reallybrings the character to life. A brilliant performance by a great actor.This movie is like Robert Young in Father-Knows-Best deciding to reallyconnect with his children after years of just being around. What's evenbetter is that the movie avoids becoming trite and effectively bringsthe audience into this family's world as the story explores themes thatare relevant to all families. Children grow up, leave the home, gotheir separate ways, leaving behind memories. A wonderful movie.

    Ah, platitudes. We're all guilty of using them. They're a polite way oftelling someone to buzz off, that you don't want to talk to them, thatthey are unworthy of your time. This movie is all about platitudes,most cruelly applied when it's least needed or wanted. In this movie aman wants to initiate communication with his children, all of whom areadults and have long since left the home, and he and his children gothrough a lot of changes as they attempt to bridge the gulf thatseparates them. This doesn't mean the children don't care about theirfather, they do. But the emotional closeness was never there and thisis what this movie is about: breaking down barriers to establish anemotional connection. This movie is a Robert DeNiro vehicle. It is hisre-emergence onto the Hollywood scene after years of cinematicoblivion. His performance is a tour de force; he deserves at least anAcademy Award nomination for best actor. He carries the movie. DrewBarrymore also gives an impressive performance as one of Mr. DeNiro'sdaughters. Ms. Barrymore shines on the screen and proves once againthat she is one of the premiere actresses in Hollywood. Sam Rockwelland Kate Beckinsdale also are excellent. What a great movie! Nevercold-shoulder your father.

    This is the best Robert DeNiro movie in years. His strong actingcarries this sentimental story about a man trying to reconnect with hischildren. The movie places a strong emphasis on family relationshipsand does an excellent job in engaging and keeping the audience'sattention as Mr. DeNiro's character embarks on an odyssey of emotionaldiscovery. At times the story verges on becoming openly maudlin butsucceeds in avoiding that pitfall. The movie also avoids becoming hokeyand corny and succeeds in staying on course as the DeNiro charactercontinues on his journey. All in all, this is a wonderful moviefeaturing a strong performance by Robert DeNiro. After watching thismovie, you will think twice before telling someone "everybody's fine"unless you mean it.

  4. Davor Blazevic (davor.blazevic@yahoo.com) from Croatia
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    If trailers were ever suggesting that Everybody's Fine might be acomedy, or even only a light-hearted drama, they were truly misleading,and a simple drama denominator from its poster does the movie betterjustice. Though, and not the least thanks to occasional humorousundertones, evidently somewhat a weaker part of the movie, and despitereally uneasy feelings that story frequently brings out (viewers areoften ahead of father in whatever sad facts his not-everybody's-finechildren have concealed from him), one can get almost exhilarated withquite an optimistic ending when the father, Frank Goode (Robert DeNiro), on his disastrous cross-country tour to meet his children, oneby one, not without a trouble of going through serious health problems,finally reconvenes with surviving ones (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell,and Drew Barrymore) and, postmortem, reconciles with his long agoestranged, ultimately lost son, finally coming to terms with hisartistic limitations, even seeking to buy one of his paintings. Anearly sketch he discovers speaks volumes within the running metaphor ofFrank's life, with its working part spent in putting coating ontelephone wires that should connect people. However, when those wires,in the times subsequent to his wife's demise, continue transferringembellished pictures of lives of his own ones, in order not todisappoint fatherly expectations, unfairly, in their young lives, sohighly imposed on them, ties get easily broken where it hurts the most,between father and his children.

    One inevitably wonders how such a depressing story, full of toned down,bitter emotions, has even been considered to be made into a Hollywoodmovie? It becomes easier to understand after discovering financialsupport (Miramax) and creative mind (British director Kirk Jones)behind it. Times and again, inspiration for such a movie has been drawnfrom an overseas' predecessor of the same, literally translatedoriginal Italian title, Stanno tutti bene, from directorial output ofGiuseppe Tornatore, best known for his masterpiece (Nuovo) CinemaParadiso.

    After a longer while, this movie finally offers a role deserving ofRobert De Niro's great talent, often wasted on mediocre films. Hislatest, truly emotional tour de force, rather different from hismemorable, primarily physically demanding roles earlier in his career,made his character here, though fully resonant, yet quite independentof whoever he associates with, whether he interacts with his own, up tohis high hopes underachieving one, or talks to a total stranger whom hemeets while on his tour.

    As coincidence would have it, it is interesting to notice: Robert DeNiro was 66 years old in 2009, while shooting Everybody's Fine, thevery same age as the late Marcello Mastroianni at the time when he haddone Stanno tutti bene, in 1990. An old-fashioned (meant as acompliment) song, (I Want To) Come Home, from a year older PaulMcCartney (67) is featured in the movie and accompanies the endcredits.

  5. Clayton Davis (Claytondavis@awardscircuit.com) from New Jersey
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    Based on Guiseppe Tornatore's 1990 Italian film, Stanno tutti bene,writer/director Kirk Jones has brought some of the best work out ofRobert DeNiro in decades. Everybody's Fine is a fascinating tale aboutFrank (DeNiro), a widower who wants to get his four adult childrentogether for dinner, but when one by one they all cancel for goodreasons or lack of a better word excuses, he decides against the adviceof his doctor, to make a surprise trip to all their residences in NewYork, Chicago, Denver, and Las Vegas. What the trip brings him however,is a heavy realization that despite what his late-wife told him, maybeeverybody's not fine.

    Treading heavy territory to resemble films like About Schmidt,Everybody's Fine is a heartfelt, emotional film that will leave you intears. Though the narrative could come off a bit over-dramatic attimes, there's no denying the warmth that the film conveys to familyand loyalty. DeNiro is most effective in his role of Frank Goode, thehard-working father whose long hours putting up coating on telephonewire may have cost him more than he thought. Director, Kirk Jones makessome great artistic choices, especially in the final scenes of thefilm. One thing however that is surprising is how the film is beingmarketed. Portraying itself as a holiday-comedy is going to be quiteunexpected to viewers as the film is weighty with emotion and less onthe laughs.

    The supporting players, in this case the adult children, are allbeautifully cast. Drew Barrymore has never been sweeter in the role ofRosie, a dancer in Vegas with a "Daddy's Girl" mentality. KateBeckinsale is stunning in looks and adequate in delivery as Amy, a topadvertisement executive. Sam Rockwell, who is long overdue for Oscarattention, plays Robert, the musician who painfully seeks his father'sapproval.

    Enough can't be said about DeNiro who gives one of his finestperformances of his career. Showing a softer side yet remaining intuned with his fatherly instincts, DeNiro has redeemed some of hislesser works in the past years. He takes in some of the best and worstparts of all fathers' across the world. Worrying yet too hard at timesit spills over into his children's decisions. Where the narrativemisses in some aspects, DeNiro makes up for with his devotion andcommitment to the character. It's an outstanding turn for him in hislate career.

    Over-dramatic, cliché, and a bit predictable, Everybody's Fine shows abeating heart. There's no stupidity or attitude in its form, just purefeeling. If you come from a family of secrets for the greater good(which may be the majority of us), this will speak volumes.


  6. x_apoc_x from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    When I went to see this, I expected one of those progressive storieslike he was getting ditched and as he went and surprised them thingsgot better, they had laughs and things were healed sort of typicalthing. But it definitely didn't go down like that. There were aboutmaybe 8 people in the theater when I went to see this movie, 3 of themwere me and my 2 friends.

    I have to say this movie was really sad and had a lot to say aboutchild/parent relations. I am only 18 years old but I love these typesof films and it made me think about how I would be with my parents whenI get older and it really makes me want to make sure I keep a goodrelationship with my parents. My dad has always pushed me and wantedbetter for me in school and I have always been very average and againstthe grain, as it seems like David was.

    I don't know if the makers wanted the relation between Frank and hiskids to seem empty, but that's how it seemed to be throughout the filmuntil the end. Even if it was lack of chemistry between actors, whichof course I highly doubt it was, it works wonders and shows that Frankis like an alien to them and also that they are alien to him. When helearns that all of his children aren't actually as successful, he seemslike he's struggling within to try and understand where they're comingfrom instead of just showing his disappointment. When things finallycome tumbling down towards the film's climax, they come right backtogether as a family would. This movie made me tear up and really theonly reason I didn't cry was because I was with friends.

    I could write a lot more about this but I'll just suggest that ifyou're looking for a good movie about family, or even if you just likeDe Niro(that's why I saw it), you should definitely see this movie. Itwon't disappoint.

  7. Lokesh Prakash from San Francisco
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    Went to a screening of this film today, and I had decided not to watchthe trailer, or read anything about the movie before. Looking at theposter, I was expecting a Christmas-y comedy or something like that. Iwas totally wrong (and don't get me wrong this is definitely not a badthing for the movie!) Just don't expect a laugh out loud comedy. It didhave it's funny moments though, and those were great. The movie made mefeel really really bad for the De Niro character, and through the wholething just made me want to go give him a big hug LOL. De Niro'sperformance was great and made you feel what that character was feelingat that time. The other performances were also fairly good. All in all,a good movie as long as you are not expecting a straight out comedy! Iwould definitely recommend seeing this one when it comes out intheaters.

  8. David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    Greetings again from the darkness. Writer/director Kirk Jones justneeds to work a little more frequently. His first two projects were thefascinating Waking Ned Devine and the deeper than expected NannyMcPhee. The guy has some real talent and unique insight. He is alsowise enough to cast Robert Deniro and then bring out his bestperformance in years.

    Sure, there are some similarities to Nicholson's wonderful turn inAbout Schmidt, but contrary to the trailers, this one is nolight-hearted holiday fluff. There are deep emotions and more real-lifefamily baggage than most will care to admit (translated, there werequite a few sniffles in the theatre).

    Deniro's kids are scattered about leading their own lives after achildhood of pressure, demands and expectations. The differences in howeach have handled it is very interesting. Drew Barrymore wants verymuch to be the daddy's girl, while Kate Beckinsale is the corporatetype-A who just can't manage her family. The always excellent SamRockwell is the music prodigy enjoying his stress-free live as asymphonic percussionist (instead of a conductor). The youngest is atroubling story line that ends up tying everything together for theDeniro character, as well as the family.

    Aside from the mostly atrocious music, this one is an emotionaltug-fest that will stimulate a bit of self-analysis from all parents.

  9. kkentuckywoman from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    I wasn't planning on seeing this movie until I read some of the otherIMDb reviews–then I reconsidered because one of the reviewers said itwould be more meaningful to older folks with adult children. Glad Idid. It's a little gem. It's more like a European film really, wherenothing much happens (action-wise) but the characters are sowell-drawn. Or, to put it another way, it's like reading a novel byAnne Tyler. I did think of ABOUT SCHMIDT during this movie–similartheme of a recent widower on a road-trip of self-discovery–but only toreflect on DeNiro's more subtle characterization. The movie is verywell cast as a whole and all the acting, particularly from the childactors, is very natural and unaffected.

  10. drakula2005 from Bulgaria
    30 Mar 2012, 4:06 am

    This is not your typical holiday movie nor at the end of the week-movie.Not everybody's fine.

    The story revolves around a father(De Niro), who's wife has passedaway, and his desire to reunite his four children for the holidays.Now,when he's alone, preparing the house for the upcoming holidays, all ofhis children cancel the holiday meeting with no explanation.The lonelyman sets on a journey around the States to find his children and learnthe truth as well as to reunite the family again.The truths, he finds,are more painful, than he could ever imagine.

    The story is obvious at the beginning-but then the viewer begins todiscover painful truths, the now-grown-kids are keeping away from theirloving father.There are some very inventing and innovating twists, thatare merely unpredictable.The story is told beautifully, with somepoetry in it, which improves on Robert De Niro's brilliant acting.Iwould say, he deserves a higher praise, for what he has done, because ipersonally think, that Jeff Bridges wasn't better than him, with all myrespect, of course.De Niro's outstanding performance carries the movieuntil the end.

    As for the other cast, i wasn't that impressed.Kate Beckinsale and DrewBarrymore were at the same level of quality, but that just wasn'tenough.Sam Rockwell was mediocre, definitely not good enough.I knowthey were supposed to be cold, but even coldness can be portrayedbetter than that.

    The director did his best, which wasn't that much, considering the castand script he had to work with.Every director should be able to pull itoff, when he works with an amazing actors (again, mostly De Niro inthat case), and a solid script.But as a whole, he did a good job.

    I felt, that the tragedy was a little to much in the end, but thingscouldn't have been better revealed than this.It was depressing, butnecessary to say the least.And again, i'm looking at De Niro with neweyes now, he touched me so deep.

    The pain is deep sometimes.But you have to fight with it to keep yourfamily united, and together, no matter the distance.The distance inyour heart is, what really matters.And in the end Everybody's Fine.

    My rate: 8.5/10

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