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4.3 out of 5 stars
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Everybody's Fine [DVD]
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on 14 June 2017
Not a bad film about a family's secrets easy to watch not one I'd rush back to watch again.
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on 23 June 2017
Great dvd, good story, very sobering
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on 22 July 2010
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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on 16 November 2016
A boring film with little storyline to reveal.
Unusual to be boring for a Robert DeNiro film and it wasn't his acting that made it boring but the storyline wasn't really stimulating enough although it could of been if they added more to the scenes.
Quite disappointed with it and so glad it didn't cost much.
Wouldn't recommend this film unless you want something to make you sleep.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 16 July 2010
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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on 20 April 2017
A film about the importance of good communication and listening skills. Well worth watching!
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on 16 February 2011
This film is quite good, but the original Italian film, is a thing of pure beauty.
Again Hollywood tailors a great idea for an American market.
Don't get me wrong, this version is 'fine' but the original 'Stanno tutti bene' is brilliant.
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on 21 October 2010
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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on 14 November 2010
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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on 9 January 2013
Kirk Jones-Everybody's Fine;is comparable to a theatrical piece in so many ways. Told quietly and unassumingly-there are no bold attempts to shock the audience just allows the story to unfold in a unique way. Its a wonderful story that I believe many families can relate to.
Everybody's Fine explores a shift in dynamic between a father and his four young kids, after the loss of his wife.
Robert De Niro stars as Frank, a Father who is disappointed when all of his four children cancel on a visit with him. On a somewhat nostalgic whim Frank decides to visit them instead.
On these visits Frank finds that his kids aren't being completely honest with him and maybe never have been, he desperately wants his kids to be open with him like they were with his wife (their mother).
And if they can't do that then at least they can all sit round a table for meal.
But will that ever happen again?
De Niro is gold in this role; he brings the light and dark to the role that is needed and everything in-between.
His kids played by Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell who all have excellent chemistry with De Niro.

Great Story, even better cast and first-rate Director!
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