Movie Review: Everybody’s Fine

everybodyRobert 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.

With a cast like that, you really can’t go wrong, right? Well, this movie doesn’t go wrong exactly, but it doesn’t live up to the expectations created by the caliber of actors in the cast. And it’s not their fault – Barrymore, Beckinsale, and Rockwell give subtle, realistic performances as siblings whose mother was always the center of their family. Now that she’s gone, they have no way to relate to their father, and continue in her tradition of telling him the good stuff, but keeping the hard stuff hidden. DeNiro is brilliant, as always, as a father trying to form real relationships with his grown children, in spite of the fact that he’s never really known them.

So, what’s the problem? The pace is slow, the writing is just okay, and the story didn’t keep us engaged. In fact, when we got sleepy, we turned it off to finish the next day, even though we knew we only had the last fifteen minutes to watch. If the movie had engaged us emotionally, we wouldn’t have been able to do that.

3 out of 5 bags of popcorn – it was just okay.

Everybody’s Fine is available now on DVD.

(Everybody’s Fine was provided to me by Click Communications for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on the link and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage.)

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6 Responses to Movie Review: Everybody’s Fine

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I chose not to see this one, even though I love DeNiro. He has not exactly been making good choices lately, and it breaks my heart. His name on the billing no longer assures us it will be worth our time.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Coasters, Blondie and beads, oh my! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – It is sad – both DeNiro and Pacino have almost become caricatures of themselves – although I will say that DeNiro’s acting was very subtle and real in this movie. It just wasn’t a great film all around.

  2. Well darn, I was hoping that it would be better than that. I love Robert DeNiro!

  3. heidenkind says:

    This movie sounded kind of meh-worthy in the previews. And the title–Everybody’s Fine?? Wow, scream dramatic tension, why don’t you?
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..The Book Group =-.