Everybody's Fine Film Review - The Importance of Family

Everybody’s Fine premiered at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.  This feature film was one of the Gala pieces of the AFI Film Festival.  It was shown on Tuesday, November 2, 2009.  Everybody’s Fine is a very moving, deep and funny piece all in one.

After going into the film unprepared, I suggest that theatres install kleenex boxes in the seats.  There were numerous times in the film that scenes left tears streaming down my face.  Whether it was touching or sad, it made me want to buy the next plane ticket out, and go visit my family.  I am hoping that there is a sequel to this film.

Robert De Niro as Frank in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

The film itself is a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene.  Directed by Kirk Jones, the film stars Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam RockwellJones is the winner of numerous film festivals and has made feature films such as Nancy McPhee and Waking Ned.  He also has created award winning advertising campaigns. 

Director Kirk Jones and Robert De Niro as Frank in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

Kate Beckinsale as Amy in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

De Niro plays the character of Frank, a widower who has come to realize the only connection that he had to his children was through his wife.  His children, now all grown up, were all going to be visiting him around the holidays to catch up and come together for the first time since the passing of their mother. 

Image EF_00691 Photo Caption: Robert De Niro as Frank and Drew Barrymore as Rosie in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

When all of the children have to cancel plans, Frank decides that he is going to take a road trip and surprise each one of them with a visit.  He does this against the recommendation of his doctor who says that he should not be traveling due to health issues.  Franks’ children are located all over the US and are all living their separate lives.

Robert De Niro as Frank in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

Frank gets his train ticket and sets out on his journey.  Through the film a series of eye-opening experiences drives Frank to the realization that there may not be 100% truth between him and his children.  He begins to wonder if everything is okay and becomes a bit suspicious but silent about his children’s current lives. 

One of Franks’ main goals is to get everyone together again as a whole to catch up.  Family relationship and the importance of honesty and communication is a big part of Everybody’s Fine.

Sam Rockwell as Robert and Robert De Niro as Frank in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

The visual aspect of watching the film was very pleasant.  The way that the film depicted each child as they were children to the modern day was shot very well.  I liked the transition scenes and the fading of one picture into another. 

De Niro did an great job with bringing the audience into his character and feelings.  This performance can be added to his amazing roles in films that he has done in the past.  He commits to his role and brings the character to life through genuinely phenomenal acting, which keeps De Niro in high demand to be seen on the big screen.

Robert De Niro as Frank in EVERYBODY’S FINE Photo Credit: Abbot Genser/Miramax Film Corp

Everybody’s Fine was sponsored by Stella Artois, and an afterparty followed the premiere at the venue H-Wood, located in the Hollywood/Highland Complex.

Everybody’s Fine will be out December 2, 2009.  For more information, please visit www.everybodysfinemovie.com.

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