Everybody's Fine

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Released 2010

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Director:
Kirk Jones
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Everybody's Fine is a dramatic film about a father who sets out on an unannounced trip to see his children after his wife's death. Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) is eight months removed from losing his wife, and plans a weekend visit from his children. After they all cancel on him, Goode ignores his doctor's orders and sets out to see them one by one, hoping to forge one last bond before he passes. As he surprises each of his now grown kids, Amy, (Kate Beckinsale) Robert, (Sam Rockwell) and Rosie (Drew Barrymore) be begins to realize his only communication with them was through his wife. Saddled with high expectations since childhood, the kids learned to relay only good news, ultimately saving their father from the burden if disappointment, but in turn creating a fragile relationship with each of them, built on no real foundation. In getting to know them as adults, Goode's kids help him to understand himself and finally open up a clear line of communication, an ironic fit for the retired layer of telephone wire. Kirk Jones directs Everybody's Fine, a touching story highlighted by excellent acting performances all around.moreless

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All that could redeem this thoroughly foreseeable unfolding would be colorful characters and good acting. Everybody's Fine comes close, but not close enough.

  • 60

    Variety

    Though a bit too artful to merit the pejorative "tearjerker" label, the film is rigorously streamlined to deliver a good emotional uppercut by the end, and purely on the strength o...

  • 10

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The queasiness produced by this sentimental weepie builds into a wave of nausea during its interminable finale.

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