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Everybody's Fine
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03.02.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kirk Jones

Actors:
Robert De Niro
Sam Rockwell
Kate Beckinsale

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Frank’s excited to see his kids but they all cancel the family reunion. Determined not to let that spoil his party, Frank sets off to surprise them all with a visit completely unaware of what surprises lye in store for him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was somewhat surprised when I received EVERYBODY’S FINE by the fact that I’d never heard about a film that sported an all out royal flush of a cast. Sure, this flick isn’t my style and I know most A-list talent fire off at least one of these a year, but with a cast like this one you’d think I’d have at least heard about it. I have nothing against drama; it’s a legitimate genre that appeals to a good many people, just not to me. Not to say this thing didn’t play the old heart strings like a symphony orchestra (because it did), that’s just not that kind of emotional rush I enjoy when I sit down with a movie.

The story is well done, hard hitting and worst of all, far too real. De Niro’s father figure is spellbinding as a man who’s lost his wife and grown apart from his kids. There was more than a couple times I heard Ugly Kid Joe’s Cats in the Cradle tune a whistling in my head. It’s hard to watch at times, as it made me want to revaluate some of my decisions in life as it will no doubt do to all of you. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, although, depending on the person, this film will definitely make you think of how many times a day we lie to one another and ourselves.

The cast of greats do not disappoint, with De Niro leading the team quite well. I’m always up for more Sam Rockwell and Kate and Drew certainly pulled their weight as well. I particularly enjoyed the (often dismal, but well done) imagery used to bring this brooding tale together. I loved how De Niro’s conversations with his children (as adults) began with him seeing them as children, and this was brought home exceedingly well with the dinner outside in the coming storm. This film’s atmosphere will suck you in just as fast as the overall tale and won’t let go until the very end.

EVERYBODY’S FINE is a solid drama, and will connect with just about anyone because if it’s true to life core set of values. Writer/director Kirk Jones clearly knows what he’s doing as I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion. Sure, it’s not my scene, but bringing about an emotional response is a hard thing for me to ignore and tells me that this film accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. Speaking of tears in my eyes, I almost shed one as the Miramax logo came up at the beginning knowing that we won’t be seeing too many more of those in new releases now that it’s been absorbed.
THE EXTRAS
The Making of Paul McCartney’s “(I Want To) Come Home”: This completely useless feature gives us a short backstage pass to the making of MaCartney’s song for the film. This is nothing but a filler.

Deleted & Extended Scenes: The added scenes with De Niro telling more randoms about his situation are a wash, but the couple scenes with David were gold and should have stayed in.

Previews: There are also five trailers and a Blu-ray commercial.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This isn’t a bad film, especially if you dig this sort of thing. Just make sure you sit down with a box of tissues handy and are ready for a good look at what your life could very well be. If anything, I hope this film comes as an eye opener to families who have or are on the verge of drifting apart.
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