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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parenting your parents
Robert De Niro is perfect, with his characteristic subtle facial expressions and body language, as the older alpha male recently widowed who tries to pick up where mother left off in keeping the family together. He clearly loves his kids (now fully adult, enmeshed in life's tragedies, turmoil, absurdities and dilemmas), but he doesn't really know them.
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Published on 14 Mar. 2011 by siksikagirl

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3.0 out of 5 stars An ok film, but really not 5 star
I bought this based on the top reviews it was receiving and also on the srength of the cast. It's a very pleasant film, it holds your attention and as said in other reviews, is not overplayed. I've seen better and I've seen worse. It's wortha watch, but for me just really wasn't a 5 star!
Published on 14 Sept. 2010 by Garden of Eden


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parenting your parents, 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Everybody's Fine [DVD] (DVD)
Robert De Niro is perfect, with his characteristic subtle facial expressions and body language, as the older alpha male recently widowed who tries to pick up where mother left off in keeping the family together. He clearly loves his kids (now fully adult, enmeshed in life's tragedies, turmoil, absurdities and dilemmas), but he doesn't really know them.
This is not a man who was a bad father - he was just a man of his times; 'ruled the roost' of his burgeoning family, probably working too hard to give much time to his kids, presuming he's done everything he could to give his family a 'better life' - everything's okay.
As his kids find excuses to duck out of the holidays gathering at the family home, De Niro decides to find out what's going on and takes off to visit them one by one.
His journey of discovery is so poignantly portrayed, the dawning realization that life is not what it appears to be - even your children aren't who you thought they were - is grappled with gracefully by the bemused father who doesn't fully get what, or why he never knew. His daughters (one he discovers is a lesbian) and son are forced to let him into the truth of their lives and oh-so-gently and lovingly reveal that they could never talk to him - they talked to their mother.
Drew Barrymore is delightful and absorbing and compassionate, Kate Beckinsale is in the midst of turmoil that she cannot contain, Sam Rockwell is both sad and heart-broken, fearing he hasn't lived up to his father's expectations. The other son has been under as much protective watch as the siblings could give, and as the fate of this son turns out, it's clear to the viewer that things could have been different had communications been more open between father and kids and visa-versa.
The fathers love for his kids is spontaneous, no matter what. Ad their love for him is so touching, so protective.
There's some fabulous scenes: Robert De Nero showing off his kids pictures - as adults and children - to strangers. Boasting of their 'successes' in life to anyone that would listen (or not) along the way. Almost outrageously innocent.
In the end, with delicious bits of humour and pathos, the irony of the kids sort of 'bringing up dad' role-reversal is beautifully portrayed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but worth it, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Everybody's Fine [DVD] (DVD)
Based on an earlier Italian film, this slow meandering tale is full of charm and poignancy. Poor old Frank, too much time on his hands to ponder his life and children. When the grown up kids can't come and visit him, he decides to visit them. What he finds is that they are not quite how he had imagined. Unknown to him, his late wife had filtered out any stories of bad news.

De Niro is sublime as the hapless father as he discovers some truths too close to home for comfort. It's a beautiful portrayal and perhaps this is the secret to the film's success. That said the rest of the cast do not disappoint and the locations seem more real than we typically see in Hollywood movies.

It takes patience to see this movie to the end due to its simplicity and subtleness, but it is worth every minute.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but brilliant, 21 Sept. 2010
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This is a brilliant feature but its also a heart breaking one, viewers who are expecting a feature such as meet the fockers or something similar to this genre would do well to think again.

Instead I found that this film was more in tune with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, the characters a very different but the theme of aging and the trials and challenges associated with it are strong.

De Niro's character is an aged father of grown children whose hopes of family reunions being perpetually frustrated goes in search of each of his children paying them surprise visits. In the course of which he discovers that they are not all being honest with him or, in some instances, themselves and that they are dealing with disappointment, disaffection and confounded expectations too.

Characterisation is done very well, the cinematography is good too, often evoking feelings in the viewer without overbearing narration or similar plot tools. Instead there are brilliant scenes in which De Niro's character sees his grown children as they where when they were younger or dream sequences which combine wish fulfilment (the hoped for reunion) and revelatory ephiphanies (like Jungian dream analysis put on screen).

There are some incidential but brilliant touches, the kindness and respectfulness of an older generation comes up against the feelings of aggrieved entitlement of another, the pictures taken throughout are taken with a film camera and then appear as the credits role along with other photograph memories.

Overall it was a good feature and I felt would bare rewatching a few times but it is also a very saddening one, despite its ultimately happy finish and upbeat scenes. Extras included on the DVD include deleted and extended scenes and an interview with Paul McCartney who talks about writing a song for the film (this was a bit odd I thought but anyway). Recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly brilliant, 16 July 2010
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This review is from: Everybody's Fine [DVD] (DVD)
A recently widowed man, Frank Goode, ( deNiro ), is looking forward to all his grown up children coming to see him at the same time. However, one by one, they all cry off and so he decides to go and see them and deliver another invite to each of them personally.
First off he goes to New York to see his artist son David but he's not home. Next it's daughter Amy, (Kate Beckinsale), who is shocked to see him and in a bit of a hurry to get rid of him. During an uncomfortable dinner with her son & husband it becomes obvious she's not being honest with her dad & all is not well.
He moves on to Chicago to see his musician son Robert, (Sam Rockwell), who is also hiding secrets and finds himself uncomfortable in his dad's company.
Finally having seen daughter Rosie, (Drew Barrymore), in Las Vegas & realising that she too is hiding the truth from him and on his way home Frank becomes ill and gradually he see's just what each child is hiding from him and learns the truth of the one child he has yet to see.
DeNiro plays this just right. Understated but with emotion bubbling under the surface and confusion and disappointment slowly giving way to understanding and acceptance.
He is supported very ably by a solid and reliable cast who all make their characters believable and likeable.
This film completely refuses to give way to tear jerking schmaltz or hand wringing guilt. Everyone is trying their best to please their dad but have just not been able to reach the high expectations he had for them all and have suffered in trying to do so.
An excellent recurring theme is of Frank seeing them as children as they appear and the scene where they all sit round a table as children with him and explain just what is really happening in their lives works simply and very movingly. A real piece of innovation that helps lift this great little film well above the average.
Everything is balanced well from the subtle theme tune to some really beautiful location photography. It is tightly scripted with silence worked to the full and especially allowing DeNiro to shine in a role that would have been so very easy to overdo.
The final closing photo's shown over a specially commissioned song by Paul McCartney is a nice finishing touch.
The sound is clear with well defined and centered vocals and a full and open surround of varying location effects. Unusually for this type of title there is an energetic subwoofer workout during a storm scene that highlights how well the sound has been mixed.
Picture is bright and detailed with all sorts of filters having been used to make the already impressive location shoots that bit more spectacular.
The extras are naff.
This great little film manages poignancy with a gentle touch and marries the road trip idea beautifully with a realistic and engrossing family drama. DeNiro's best work in some time this is well worth adding to your collection and is likely to only improve with age.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sad... Simply Beautiful..., 21 Oct. 2010
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I've never felt so compelled to write a review before, and this is not so much a review, but simply to say that it touched me deeply, i was in tears at the end, and trust me, it's not normally the kind of film I'm into, but this is simply beautiful and can recommend to anyone, enjoy the movie, thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a hollywood 'holiday' movie? Pretty inspirational, 22 July 2010
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Jonathan Kelly "the_one12" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Everybody's Fine [DVD] (DVD)
With Hollywood movies, it's difficult to find a film which is pretty much inspires and influences me as a film making student, however this was definatley a film which did just that.
It circles the ideas of a member of the 'older' generation travels around America searching for his children to 'suprise' them in which he always faces dissapointment as a lie of where the fourth child is kept tight knit between the siblings.
As he's traveling, theres great emphasis on this idea for someone who made communicational telephone wires for a career, theres much no communication between him and his children hence the cinematography captures many telephone wires on his travels as the communication with his children has been lost.
Theres many secrets and lies in which his children have kept from him, perhaps as he's struggling dealing within this 'contemporary' society, as he doesn't really understand a prostitute in New York, and also doesn't understand how to react to a homeless person within the station. He also carries around a camera in which uses a film which also reflects the idea of him struggling to understand and communicate within this contemporary society in which he helped develope, but yet has no idea about it.
The father (De-niro) is constantly critised as being a 'pushy' parent which is reflected in how far the children are living away from him and 'David' who the father apparently pushed the most literally ends up the furthest distanced away from him.

This is a strongly emotional, weepy but brilliant and beautiful film, which makes you remember how you can learn just as much from the old as you can with the new, and it's also a film which celebrates the old as much as the new. Who ever created the phrase out with the old, in with the new? Definatley recommended :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody's Fine is Fine, Fine, Fine, 9 Sept. 2010
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What a terrific little film this is with Mr De Niro in tip top form. All the performanes are excellent but it is De Niro's show all the way and he does it so well. Really heart-warming moments with a few that are likely to bring a few tears to the eye, but never over done. A real little gem that I find amazing has not, as yet anyway, been given a Blu Ray release. One of Robert's best performances for several years and a must for your collection. Sit back, relax and enjoy a 90 minute glow all over!! Superb!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok film, but really not 5 star, 14 Sept. 2010
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I bought this based on the top reviews it was receiving and also on the srength of the cast. It's a very pleasant film, it holds your attention and as said in other reviews, is not overplayed. I've seen better and I've seen worse. It's wortha watch, but for me just really wasn't a 5 star!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert DN-superstar!, 4 Oct. 2010
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I LOVED this film although tragically sad it was touching and moving and Robert D Nero once again provweed he could bring the human touch to a character-a far cry from the tough guy image of the past. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars emotional movie, 28 July 2011
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After a week of thrillers and horrors, I thought I'd wind down with something more realistic and down to earth. Easy to watch, and the script is solid, with no flaws at all. It wasn't worth a 5, but easily a 4, and could possibly watch it again further down the line. No instant replay value, but then not all great movies do
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