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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Image/Sphe
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004BW1ZHU
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This movie has some excellent actors depicting their mundane life--if you can call trying to adapt to the fact that your son is gay and a very disgusting father-in-law has moved into your house and has taken up a huge amount of the wife's time. It is also the test of a marriage going through these trials, an unsatisfying job, an alluring co-worker, a wife over 40. But it also is an example of the love of family.
The movie never really rises above a mundane level however.

The DVD has English and Spanish subtitles, a trailer and cast interviews and some very short deleted scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Every Day" is delightful, touching and enjoyable! Recommended! 17 Mar. 2011
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Writer and producer Richard Levine is known for his work as executive producer, writer and director for TV series "Nip/Tuck" and his work on "Stark Raving Mad" and "Jag". His primary work has been with television but with situations happening in his personal life, Levine was able to get personal and write a loosely-based story of those elements that took place when his wife's estranged elderly father came to live with them and how it affected the family.

Working together with independent film producer Miranda Bailey ("The Squid and the Whale", "The Oh in Ohio", "Dead & Breakfast"), Levine wrote and directed "Every Day", a low budget film which would feature an all-star cast with Liev Shreiber ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Salt", "Defiance"), Carla Gugino ("Watchmen", "Sin City", "Night at the Museum"), Helen Hunt ("Mad About You", "As Good as it Gets", "Twister", "What Women Want"), Brian Dennehy ("Ratatouille", "First Blood", "Romeo+Juliet"), Eddie Izzard ("Valkyrie", "Ocean's Thirteen", "The Riches"), Ezra Miler ("City Island", "After School") and Skyler Fortgang ("Damages", "American Gangster").

"Every Day" is a 2010 film which focuses on a family in New York.

Ned (played by Liev Schreiber) is a writer for a TV series in which his demanding boss Garrett (played by Eddie Izzard) wants more sensationalism in his scripts and since they are not good enough, they are constantly rejected. Ned is married to Jeannie (played by Helen Hunt), a former working professional who is now stressed out that her estranged father Ernie (played by Brian Dennehy) is no longer able to take care of himself and now he must move in with them.

Jeannie has never ever gotten along with her father and Ernie just wishes they left him for dead instead of moving him to New York to live with them. So, now Jeannie is in a high-stress moment as she must now become a caretaker for her father and constantly bring him to the hospital for tests and take care of him. And each time she shows compassion, Ernie just shows contempt. He is rude and is always talking badly to her.

Meanwhile, both parents try to take care of their two sons Jonah (played by Ezra Miller) and Ethan (played by Skyler Fortgang). Jonah is a teenage boy who just came out of the closet and is now starting to become more alert to boys around him. For Ned, it's hard for him to take it in that his son is gay and is not so accepting of his son taking part in a gay student association and going to a gay prom. Meanwhile, Ethan is a young boy trying to learn how to play the violin and is curious to those around him.

For Ethan, he tends to be picked on by his grandfather Ernie, a music enthusiast (who often has dreams when he listens to music that he is playing drums for a big band), who wants Ethan to improve his violin playing but Ernie uses Ethan to get some pills, which Jeannie is trying to make sure her father doesn't try to kill himself.

Because the task of having to take care of her father becomes to difficult, Jeannie thinks its best he stay in a facility where he would be taken care of. But it would cost $4,000 a month which she and Ned would have to pay for. And for Ned, it's difficult because although he works as a television writer and gets paid a good salary, his work continually is getting rejected and he worries about his job and also worries about his family.

But because the added tension in Ned's personal life and his work life, his boss pairs him up with one of the veteran writers, Robin (played by Carla Gugino), a free-spirit and a woman who just recently broke up with her boyfriend. She knows that Ned lives a standard, traditional family life but in order to get him to produce the work that he needs for their boss, Ned needs to step out of the box.

So, when Ned joins Robin for a writing session, he is shocked that she lives in very nice home with a swimming pool in the city. Before they start writing, she strips out of her clothes into a bikini and tells him that before they write, they must swim. When Jeannie calls him, she tells him that she is waiting for him at their son's violin recital. Ned tells him that their boss is expecting him to work late with writer Robin and to work on a script. When Jeannie hears Robin's voice, she is upset and feels that Ned may be with another woman.

As the tension continues to grow at home with Jeannie's problems with her father, his son Jonah who met a gay man at the GSA prom has asked him out on dates and now Jonah has been lying to his parents of his whereabouts. For Ned, his time with Robin starts to change him as well as she encourages him to smoke weed, snort cocaine and eventually have sex together. She wants to bring out the wild side in Ned and Ned notices how its starting to work for his writing but also helping him forget about his problems in his personal life.

Until something happens to his family... one night.

VIDEO:

"Every Day" is presented in 1080p High Definition. For the most part, as a low-budget film, I felt that Richard Levine and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber did a fine job in capturing the various locations where the family members frequent. The shot and location at Robin's home is well-done, capturing the hospital and retirement home during Jeannie and Ernie's scenes were well-done, capturing the gay club atmosphere for Jonah was also well-done and for the most part, for a low-budget film, you don't expect to see many shot locations but for this film, you do.

For the most part, picture quality was very good for the film. Detail was very good. Skin tones were natural, blacks were nice and deep. While some scenes (which use neon and red lights, typically involving Jonah at the prom or dance club) tend to look like there was slight banding, for the most part, I didn't notice any particles or compression artifacting. Overall, picture quality for this film was good.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Every Day" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. For the most part, this film is a dialogue driven film. Dialogue is crystal clear and you get some scenes with good jazz music, especially during Ernie's scenes which sound great. But there are scenes for example when Jeannie is at the hospital with her father, you can hear the hotel ambiance and hospital speaker through the surround channels. You can also hear music and other crowd ambiance type scenes through the surround channels. But for the most part, this is a center and front-channel driven film and lossless audio soundtrack works for this type of film.

Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Every Day" comes with the following special features in Standard Definition (480i/1:85:1):

* Trailer - (2:30) The theatrical trailer for "Every Day".
* Cast Interview - Richard Levine talks about how elements of his personal life were made into a movie, the cast talk about the film and being part of a low-budget film and first time movie director.
* Deleted Scenes - A total of seven deleted scenes.

JUDGMENT CALL:

"Every Day" is a film that captures the struggles of today's American family. From getting older, having to take care of elderly parent(s) and children who become teenagers and that time in you life at your lowest moment in hopes that you will find that shimmer of light, that hope in letting you know that things will be OK.

"Every Day" is one of those films where the writing was solid, the performances were well-done and forget that this a low-budget, independent film...not only did I find it entertaining, I also found it touching because although many American families may not have similar experiences as the family depicted in the film, there are elements in the film that parents, elderly parents, teenagers can easily understand because they have felt the same way.

As a man who is about to approach his 40's with a family and constantly thinking about the future, what happens to your own parents when they grow older, your children when they become teenagers and also providing for your family, I can understand these characters. And it helps knowing that these elements are not contrived or trying to find some banality of similar type of dysfunctional family films, this is a film that is based on the writer/director's life.

I've known people throughout my life who have had to take care of their elderly parent. For some, it's not so bad, for others, it became a nightmare. And unfortunately, not everyone can afford to put their parent up in a facility and the demands of doctor's appointments, medical tests, surgery, etc. is a reality for a lot of people in America. Jeannie's stressful time of her life is easily understandable.

For Ned, being a husband with a wife who is constantly stressed out and busy with her estranged father, a parent who can't identify with his gay son... once again, I think it's a situation that many people can understand.

But I have to say that for an independent, low-budget film, it's one thing in creating a film in a short time period but to get as many location shots for this film was well-done. "Every Day" may have had a low-budget but it achieves an efficacy that many other similar big-budget films fail to accomplish. Cinematography was very good and performances were great. For the most part, "Every Day" is a film with a storyline that works when it focuses on the family. The only thing that I had small problem with the screenplay is the working relationship with Ned and his boss Garrett. The kind of things that the boss wants Ned to produce for his writing were a bit outrageous and over-the-top. I can see reality TV trying to push the button but for a dramatic TV series, but how realistic was the situation? I don't know but if Richard Levine has encountered this type of treatment on "Nip/Tuck", but it makes me wonder how outrageous and out of the box he had to go in writing for that TV series.

Overall, "Every Day" is delightful, touching and enjoyable! Featuring an all-star cast with wonderful writing and magnificent performances, the film will definitely hit home for a lot of parents who are facing many challenges in their own families and are looking for hope. Recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic portrayal of the stress of caring for an aging parent while trying to hold together a marriage and family 29 Jan. 2011
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I happened to catch this on a movie by demand channel and selected it because I'm a fan of Helen Hunt. I hadn't seen her in much lately. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and realistic portrayal of the stresses and strains of juggling the role of caregiver with balancing the rest of family life - keeping a marriage together and dealing with the kids.

My only criticism of this movie is that Hunt, in her role as Jeannie, comes across as so desperately unhappy, bitter, and angry that she borders on being shrewish at times. On the other hand, she is in a very difficult situation, with a very unhappy, demanding, and critical father as well as the usual challenges of a home, marriage, children, etc.

Even though her unhappiness is understandable, it is sometimes hard to feel sympathy for her. She has difficulty maintaining any perspective. She is frequently so upset that I found it easy to understand why her husband felt lost on the sidelines at times (although he does his best to help ) and also why her children were frequently confused and scared. Her husband also (again, understandably) finds it hard to resist the appeal of an attractive co-worker who makes it clear she is open to evenings full of sex as well as work projects.

In spite of any issues with this movie, any viewers (raising hand) may well relate to Jeannie's challenge of trying to care for an aging parent. The primary duties fall to her and she is clearly over her head. She already had a difficult relationship with her father before he became ill and having him move in with her and the rest of her family doesn't make things easier. Brian Dennehy is superb as the father who struggles with both alcoholism and suicidal impulses. He is frequently harsh and critical, not only of Jeannie but also with her children. Lieb Schrieber holds his own as Ned, Jeannie's husband. Then there is Eddie Izzard, who gives a strong, solid performance as Ned's boss.

To complicate matters even more, one of Jeannie and Ned's children, Jonah (Ezra Miller) is gay and Ned is having a hard time accepting this. Jeannie is relatively supportive and this is a sore point between her and Ned.

As the movie unfurls, there isn't exactly a "happy" ending but there is true growth in most of the characters. The movie completely held my interest but that may be only because I related so strongly to the theme. It isn't exactly a sunny or upbeat film. But it is well done and honest. If you're a caregiver for an elderly person, this may be one of the few films that you'll find which doesn't gloss over the realities.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dramedy Sleeper About Familial Bonds And Obligations--It Somehow Manages To Be Both Real And Outlandish 5 Mar. 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Writer/director Richard Levine's "Every Day" is an unassuming little picture (albeit one with a pretty impressive cast) that deserves to be appreciated by a wider audience. A story of obligation and compromise, this is a candidly realistic look at a family in turmoil. At times deftly direct, at others absurdly comical--this is a movie that might have dematerialized into a conventionally quirky sitcom. But it is, ultimately, grounded by true drama and strong performances. As a result, this is one of the more satisfying sleepers that has completely exceeded my expectations. Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Ezra Miller, and Skyler Fortgang play the family in question with the always undervalued Carla Gugino and scene stealing Eddie Izzard as workplace colleagues of Schreiber. Every time the film appears to be about to veer into contrivance, the smart screenplay reels things back. It is a perfect balance that Schreiber is largely responsible for--as he is the actor primarily straddling plot lines with distinctly different tones.

Schreiber and Hunt have invited her ailing and estranged father (Dennehy) to live with him during his declining health. Hunt, who sometimes falls a bit flat for me, is absolutely spot-on here. Bitter, angry, resentful--this is a letter perfect performance (and the film's best) from start to finish. You may not always like her, but her distant and antagonistic relationship with her father rings quite true as does her decision to try to make him comfortable despite her misgivings. Dennehy tries to maintain dignity as his body betrays him, but does little to ingratiate himself with the clan. Miller, their eldest son, is exploring his burgeoning homosexuality and this is a strain for Schreiber who hasn't quite come to terms with things. And amidst all the domestic drama, Schreiber is struggling at work writing for an insane nighttime soap opera (at least that's my best guess--although the ideas proposed could never make it onto network TV) and engaging in some flirtation with another staff writer (Gugino).

The work scenario is played largely for laughs and is surprisingly well integrated into the more serious aspects of the story. At many points, the film could easily have devolved into an over-sentimental mess--but Levine never attempts to manipulate our emotions! I appreciated his level-headed choices. Miller, an exceptionally appealing young actor, is handed the least successful storyline but pulls it off through sheer likability. It's just good to see Dennehy in anything and this is no exception. And Schreiber is the film's glue. I may not have believed every scene between him and Miller--but it's a small point in an otherwise tight narrative. Outlandish and real--it's a difficult combination, but this dramedy really pulls it off. KGHarris, 3/11.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the Cover Photo is Not Telling You 25 July 2011
By Nev Okyay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Look at the cover photo, the two women slightly in the background smiling and happy, and Liev looks troubled. Knowing nothing about this movie, what would you think about it? Threesome? Is he trying to choose between the two and can not make his mind up?

This movie is not a comedy, it is not funny, and it is not a fantasy. Liev Schreiner is married to Helen Hunt, and as a husband(Ned) he has waaay too many problems and issues to deal with, sometimes kind of like in real life. When he has to work with his co-worker Carla Gugino to complete his script for a TV show, she tries to put some sense into his life, but even that fails.

What good is living, if there isn't any fun in it? Way at the end of the movie the family finally starts to have some fun by making music, but even that is interrupted by the grandfather dying in the middle of it. I don't know, maybe that was supposed to be funny?

From where I am standing, most people want to have at least some fun in their lives, and if troubles are piling up and the amount of fun is approaching zero, at some point, it would make perfect sense to make a fresh start and rebalance things in life.

This is a good movie with good acting and a good story line. It may be depressing for some people. Don't expect to be entertained by it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to watch it twice... 21 Sept. 2011
By B. Caruso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The first time I watched Every Day was through Amazon Instant Video. I knew some of the background and the mood of the film from reading reviews before the theatrical release, as well as some of the reviews from customers here on Amazon.com, so I knew this wasn't going to be the feel good, sunshiny happy, rainbows and unicorns fiesta of the year.

The first viewing left me somewhat indifferent and disconnected and feeling a wee bit guilty about my own relationship with my spouse and my child and my aging parents, being a caregiver, being the one needing care, etc, and more than a little anxious about the future... I found many parallels and even some of the personality nuances felt so familiar. The film really had moments that felt almost like cinéma vérité. Almost, as the camera was not acknowledged by the actors, but watching the film I definitely felt more like a fly on the wall watching some very raw and real moments unfold in a very natural way, almost documentary like, that I felt like I was there rather than witnessing the story on my television set. Very few parts of the dialog felt truly scripted, and they probably were moments the writer took from his own life that would seem natural to him, but to me they felt contrived. For example, the mom (Helen Hunt) refers to the dad as "Dada" to her kids, which seems out of place to me, as the kids are older than the "Dada" age (in my opinion. I've heard "mama" for all ages, but "dada" almost seems like a developmental step kids grow past and start using the word "dad" or "daddy").

The other moments, the frustration and exhaustion of caregiving, of wanting what is best for one's child, of being tempted because a few minutes of fantasy is a hell of a lot more appealing than the smelly, nasty pain of reality one may face during the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day... It all worked together beautifully. Still though, I was left with somewhat of a down and somewhat of a "meh" feeling. I felt like we got into the day to day trials and tribulations of this family, and I could relate to almost every character on some level, but I felt kind of indifferent toward them. Sort of a "nice movie but I'm not going to have a deep conversation about this or whimsically wander around in my head when I can't sleep at night wondering what happened the next day, the day after the story ended" sensation.

A couple of weeks later I got the DVD in the mail and we popped it in. I was stunned by the movie I was watching. It was almost a completely different movie, but of course, I was the one who had changed. Nothing particularly eventful had happened in my life, during those couple of weeks, but I think that after watching Every Day through the first time, having trudged along with the characters through their drudgery and confusion and their quest as individuals, and as a family, I was rewarded, in this second viewing with the magic that exists in even some of the most challenge moments. I was rewarded with being able to see the humor, the little exchanges, the ridiculousness of some of the moments, the joy still in other moments, even when things grew touch, the evolution of the characters over such a small period of time. I laughed a few times during the 2nd viewing, which is something I never would have expected after the first go around. The story and voices resonated so much more because I was able to see them as human rather than caricatures of people.

Like real life, things often need a second glance to see the value we missed in our hurried peek the first go around. I definitely suggest watching this, waiting a couple of weeks, and watching it again. Let me know if you have a similar experience.
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