Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine

Cast: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore
Director: Kirk Jones
Genre: Drama, Family.
Rated: M
Running Time: 96 minutes

Everybody's Fine, starring Robert De Niro is a heartfelt account of the trials and tribulations of what it is to be a family; released to DVD on the 2nd of June 2010.

Alone after the death of his wife and retired from his manual job in a wire factory, Frank Goode, played by the acclaimed Robert De Niro, comes to the realisation that he is not in any way connected to his children. But as they one-by-one cancel a weekend get-together at his home, he recognises that the problem is much deeper than just losing touch.

Although advised by his doctor not to take any long trips due to his poor health, Frank decides that he will set out across American in a pilgrimage to surprise all of his children and find out for himself who they have become.

Frank's first stop is New York City to spend time with his artist son David. But after sitting on his doorstep for some time the closest he gets to locating him is sighting his art work on display at a nearby gallery.

Next is Amy, played by Kate Beckinsale, a successful advertising consultant in Chicago. Almost immediately on Frank's arrival, it is clear that tensions are high between Amy's husband and son. Although successful, an embarrassing coldness has entered her life making it uncomfortable to have her father there.

Frank soon moves to Denver to visit his musical son Robert, played by Sam Rockwell. Robert had claimed to be a conductor, but Frank soon discovers that he is in fact the percussionist. Robert quickly states that Frank's arrival is at a bad time, and with a great deal of remorse, Frank catches a bus to Los Vegas to be with youngest Rosie, played by Drew Barrymore.

In Vegas it is a similar story. Frank discovers with a heavy heart that Rosie has been hiding a good deal about her life from him. Although she agrees, like her siblings to be more open and honest with her dad, all remain cautious about revealing their concern for David.

With the fate of David still weighing heavily on his mind, Frank is struck down with a heart attack as he heads home, and the family has to find the strength to be honest with themselves as well as their dad before his journey is over.

Based on the 1990 Italian film Stanno Tutti Bene, Everybody's Fine is written and directed by Kirk Jones, best known for writing and directing the English comedy hit Waking Ned Devine.

In a remarkable and honest appraisal of modern family life, Everybody's Fine is not to be missed- available on DVD 2nd of June 2010.

Special Features:
The Making of Paul McCartney's '(I want to) Come Home' and deleted and extended scenes.

Review: A deeply moving and realistic look at getting older. When Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) is widowed, his only wish is to get the family together for a family meal. He puts a lot of effort into making the perfect meal only for all his children to cancel for one reason or another. Frank decides to surprise his 4 children with a visit and finds that he is quickly rushed to the next house. With high expectations for his children, Frank soon discovers that he has been sheltered for years and that things are not as they seem. Everybody's fine takes us on a family journey through life's struggles & choices. Frank must learn to accept that things are not as they seem and enjoy what is the reality.

Everybody's Fine