Everybody’s Fine – Movie Review
A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.
Everybody’s Fine is the latest Robert DeNiro film and he is his usual wonderful self though he may be a bit miscast in this movie. It also stars Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore as his children. The idea is that he’s an incredibly lonely man who organizes, with great flare and intensity, a weekend for a family reunion and none of his kids show up. So, he decides to take the bull by the horns and go and visit each one of them. What we see is vignettes of how he dealt with each of them as children and how he deals with each of them as an adult. It is certainly not a comedy. It is bittersweet, at best. The problem is not the cast, and the problem is not even the idea. The problem is, I think, the combination of the director, who I think was also the writer, and it’s just very unsubtle: everything is telescoped. There are no surprises here and you know everything that’s going to happen 10 minutes or 15 minutes before it happens. But having said that, it’s fun to watch Robert DeNiro act under any circumstances. The problem is it should be more affecting then it is. What you do is watch people act as opposed to watch people being. So, it’s a two star movie.