Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine

Kirk Jones (2009)

95min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, and a premise that has echoes of Alexander Payne's About Schmidt, you could expect good things from this comedy drama. However, both are wasted on a routine remake of a much superior Italian original, Stanno Tutti Bene (1990). De Niro plays widower Frank Goode, who largely left the raising of his now grown-up kids to his late wife. When they all renege on their promises to join him for Christmas, Frank decides to make amends for past paternal indifference by paying them all surprise visits. In the process, he discovers that their apparently happy lives are not quite as hunky-dory as they have made them out to be. The performances are solid, but ultimately the film seems less well suited to an American sensibility than the original was to a European one.

Summary

A widower becomes estranged from his adult children following the death of his wife. After spending Christmas alone, he decides he has to make up for his past mistakes and pays each of his children a surprise visit. However, he finds their supposedly happy lives are not as perfect as they have made out. Comedy drama, with Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

Cast & Crew

Frank Goode Robert De Niro
Rosie Drew Barrymore
Amy Kate Beckinsale
Robert Sam Rockwell
Colleen Melissa Leo
Jack Lucian Maisel
Jeff Damian Young
Tom James Frain
Director Kirk Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DisneyGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVDReleased on: 26 Feb 2010
Drama Comedy