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Jay's Review of Everybody's Fine

Jay's Review of
Everybody's Fine (2009)

Everybodys Fine



Director: Kirk Jones
Writer : Kirk Jones, based on the screenplay by Massimo De Rita & Tonino Guerra & Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Robert DeNiro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore
Rated ; running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes
Theatrical release Date: 12/04/09


Review Copyright JayFlix, 2009


This so-so dramedy features a capable group of professionals who know their business. The film is amusing without being hilarious, sad without being maudlin, sweet without being saccharine and is content with being a mainstream peek into an ordinary family with ordinary ups and downs. A remake of the far superior Italian film "Stanno Tutti Bene," there are no car chases, no sweaty bodies and no blowie uppie stuff.  
In this cast you will see:

  • Robert De Niro ("Stardust") as a recent widower who discovers he really doesn't know his adult kids. He added PVC coating to a million miles of telephone wire before he retired and, as a result, his health has been impaired.
  • Drew Barrymore ("Whip It") as a daughter with more than one secret, although her mother knew everything from their many phone calls.
  • Sam Rockwell ("Moon") as a son who is NOT an orchestra conductor, despite his father's impression that he is. In my opinion, Rockwell is a vastly underrated actor and I hope to see lots more of him.
  • Kate Beckensale ("Whiteout") as a daughter who is a partner in an ad agency who has a picture postcard life...or not...
  • Then there is the missing son, the one who had become an artist. He doesn't return his calls and we see the phone wires humming with calls back and forth between the other three siblings as they discuss his latest plight.

I liked the sound track that featured Perry Como of all people, and the many panoramic shots of America as De Niro tries to surprise his various offspring after each one cancelled his/her attendance at a family reunion. Telephones and telephone wire are an ever-present element in this film.

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