Saturday, January 1, 2011

Everybody's Fine: Movie Review

Everybody's Fine
99 minutes

Widower Frank Goode has had to make plenty of adjustments since losing his wife about a year ago, but maybe the hardest one has been maintaining his relationships with his four adult children. It would seem that Frank's wife was the glue who held the family together, and when all of the kids bug out on a planned visit home, he decides to set out on a trip around the country, dropping in on each of their lives in order to help put things right. But their relationships aren't as simple as they once seemed, and Frank's paternal intuition is telling him that his sons and daughters are hiding something from him - and if the Goodes want to become the family they once were, the truth will have to come out before Frank returns home.


My Review: This movie has us following Frank as he goes to visit his 4 grown child. Never the one to hear updates first hand from his children when his wife was around, he believed Everybody's Fine. Are they? Are his kids feeding him what they believe he needs or wants to hear? I found this movie to be endearing and at times raw. This movie will have you thinking about the relationship you have with your parent(s). Is there a time in life when it is just too late to try to bridge the gap between loved ones, to right the wrongs?

I loved seeing Robert De Niro in this type of role. He was amazing not only when it came to the lines he delivered but in the way he carried himself. It was the little movements that made him so believable in this role.

The one thing you need to know is that this movie is not the comedy it may come off as in the trailer. I thought this story was going to be more "light" than it was.

Love it or hate it, I believe this movie will stay with you long after the closing credits.

My Rating: 4 stars

Until next time...

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