Everybody's Fine

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Everybody's Fine
Frank Goode (Robert de Niro, pictured) is as happy as recent widowers get: his four kids are coming to stay. Clocking De Niro’s genial crow’s feet fringing bewildered eyes, we aren’t surprised when they all cancel: one, David, doesn’t even bother to do that. So Frank decides to spring visits on each of them, which is the family-drama equivalent of picking up a hitchhiker in a horror flick. If Amy (Kate Beckinsale), Rosie (Drew Barrymore) and Robert (Sam Rockwell) are such great kids, why are they neglecting their lonely dad? And where’s David? As Frank, a former telephone-cable installer, traverses the country, it becomes clear that the Goode communication lines are down. Where did he go wrong?

Forget Hollywood remakes; this is one film I’d like to see reworked by an arthouse director and a pack of actors with smaller names and bigger reserves of subtlety (Rockwell can keep his role, though). The literalist approach of British director Kirk Jones (‘Nanny McPhee’) sucks all
interest from Frank’s travels, and rarely has a neat ending seemed less appropriate. Phone cables are being superseded, but our connections with loved ones fray and corrode forever.

By: Nina Caplan


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday February 26 2010
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kirk Jones
Cast: Robert De Niro
Drew Barrymore
Kate Beckinsale
Sam Rockwell
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The most "true to life" flick to come along in a long time! Heart wrenching! Down to earth drama and great reflection of real life!

Just caught this on hotel tv. Pretty much one of the worst films of my lifetime. Seemed line it should have been called "on the brink of ending" with the worst and longest closing scenes I've ever seen. DeNiro really needs to learn to say no.