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Is everybody fine?
Everybody's Fine (DVD)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Everybody's Fine (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, cast
As I am currently spending a lot of time at home I usually watch a few films to try and keep boredom at bay throughout the week. One I saw on the movie channels and liked the look of was Everybody's Fine. As I watched this on tv this is a film only review.
The film begins by introducing us to Frank who has recently lost his wife. Since she died communication between Frank and his four adult children has broken down as they were always closer to their mother than they were to Frank. In order to try and strengthen the relationship between himself and his children Frank decides to plan a family get together and he invites all four children to spend the weekend with him at the family home. Frank excitedly sets about preparing for the weekend, doing a big grocery shop and even spending $600 on a new barbeque.
Once home Frank sorts the new barbeque out in the garden. Hearing the phone ringing he goes inside to answer it, it is his daughter Amy telling him she wont be able to make it and neither can her brother, David. When he hangs up he can see he has two messages on his machine - his other children telling him that they wont be able to make it either.
Frank is upset as he was looking forward to seeing his family so he decides to go on a trip to visit all four of them, but will they be pleased to see him?
I watched this film as the plot sounded interesting and also I was impressed with the all-star cast list (please see below).
I enjoyed this film a lot. Right from the outset I really warmed to the character of Frank, I had a lot of sympathy for him as he was understandably lonely following the loss of his wife and he was trying his hardest to form a better bond with his children but with them all living so far away that was difficult. I am sure that this sort of situation is familiar to many families. Although me and my sisters are all close to my Dad, Mum is who we always turn to in times of crisis!
I was initially sceptical about Frank's children as I thought they should have been trying to support their Dad a little bit more and thought that them all letting him down at the last minute was unfair. Shortly into the film you do learn why they couldn't make the get together and although I understand why, I still think they should have been more honest with their Dad and opened up to him a bit more, despite their worries.
I thought the plot progressed well and I liked the way that Frank visited his children individually as it broke the film up into nice manageable chunks (I actually had to turn the film off halfway through to have a snooze - not because the film was boring but because I was very very tired and I found the film very easy to pick up where I left off when I was awake). Although we are given snippets of information throughout the film this doesn't give too much away and there are a couple of surprises towards the end of the film.
The acting in the film is very strong. I enjoyed seeing Robert De Niro in this role as I personally always associate him with the Meet the Parents films.
The ending was done well. There was plenty that left you guessing until the end and it wasn't the ending I was expecting - although there were some similarities to what I had predicted there were also surprises.
The film was released in 2009.
It was directed by Kirk Jones.
It runs for 99 minutes.
Robert De Niro - Frank
Kate Beckinsale - Amy
Sam Rockwell - Robert
Drew Barrymore - Rosie
I enjoyed this film and would recommend it. I had not actually heard of it before which surprised me as it has such a well known cast. An enjoyable drama well worth a watch.
Summary: Decent film