Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Robert De Niro,
"Everybody's Fine", a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene,” follows a widower (De Niro) who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children only to discover that their lives are far from picture perfect. Written and directed by Kirk Jones (“Waking Ned Devine”), Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell also star. The film is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Ted Field, Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Glynis Murray.
Robert De Niro gives an excellent performance as a widower named Frank Goode whose four adult kids are not coming home for Christmas. So he heads out and travels with the idea of seeing all four of his kids, two girls and two boys. One son is in trouble but the others keep it from him. Additional family problems are kept secret and everyone tells him that "everybody's fine." However, Dad is a wise old gentleman who knows things are not adding up.
The movie has some touching scenes including one in which Frank calls home to hear his deceased wife's voice on the answering machine. He also believes one son didn't care for him only to learn a surprising truth by film's end. This comes in the form of a painting by his artistic son but we won't give the ending a way. The film focuses on the importance of being truthful and keeping in touch with family. It is a shame that strong language prevents us from being able to award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this movie.
Content Description: Sex: A hooker asks man if he wants to see her leg but nothing comes from it; there is talk of a man's daughter being a lesbian. Language: J-2; Ch*ist-1; G/OMG-8; F-1; S-3; H-1; D-4; A fish is called a "big mother". Violence: A man attempts to rob another man and fights with him. Drugs: A man purchases wine; wine is served at meals; a man takes prescription medication and a would-be assailant crushes his pills; smoking; a character is in trouble due to drug trafficking. Nudity: Mild cleavage. Other: A male statue has water coming out of its genitalia; characters lie to their father to prevent him from learning a painful truth; a character lies about his career; a woman has a child out of wedlock; a man has a heart attack; a character dies and there is grief.