Everybody's Fine

December 4th, 2009


Everybody's Fine

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.1/10 (23,969 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Kirk Jones

Stars: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

Frank Goode lives by himself in Elmira, NY, a recent widower with heart trouble, retired from a factory job, proud of having pushed his adult children toward success. In the summer, all four kids bail on a reunion, so, against doctor's orders, Frank decides to surprise each with a visit. He sets out to see his artist son in New York City, his daughter the ad exec in Chicago, his son the conductor on tour and presently in Denver, and his daughter who's a performer in Vegas. None are as he imagines or hopes. Will they let him see themselves as they are, and can this dad adapt?

Writers: Kirk Jones, Giuseppe Tornatore

Robert De Niro - Frank Goode
Drew Barrymore - Rosie
Kate Beckinsale - Amy
Sam Rockwell - Robert
Lucian Maisel - Jack
Damian Young - Jeff
James Frain - Tom
Melissa Leo - Colleen
Katherine Moennig - Jilly
Brendan Sexton III - Mugger
James Murtaugh - Dr. Ed
Austin Lysy - David
Chandler Frantz - Young David
Lily Mo Sheen - Young Amy (as Lily Sheen)
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Young Robert

Taglines: Frank wanted the holidays to be picture perfect. What he got was family.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 4 December 2009

Filming Locations: Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,852,068 (USA) (6 December 2009) (2133 Screens)

Gross: $8,855,646 (USA) (20 December 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Bradley Cooper put himself on tape to audition for a role as Robert De Niro's son (with his own mother playing the part of De Niro). He lost out to Sam Rockwell.

Errors in geography: Wine is not sold in supermarkets in New York State.

[first lines]
Butcher: You Keeping busy?
Frank Goode: Yeah, I've been busy.
Butcher: Busy doin' what?
Frank Goode: Busy in the garden.
Butcher: [wryly] In the garden, you now what, you're missing work, that's what, I can see that.
Frank Goode: No I'm not missing work.
Butcher: Yeah, you miss the buzz and the jokes and the guys, I know that, don't tell me that's not true.

User Review

Everybody's Fine: The family that came unglued find a reason to stick together

Rating: 9/10

Once the trailer hit the internet, I knew I was going to see this movie. Nostalgia, De Niro and Barrymore were the primary reasons. Of those reasons, Nostalgia and De Niro were most responsible for the big lump in my throat and regret that I had no Kleenex.

We go to movies to either escape reality or simply live in fantasy, don't we? I have to say, so much reality existed in this movie, escapism and fantasy seemed totally lost. The subtleties of everyday life can mean so much in retrospect. Every little thing that we do, no matter its importance, can come back and haunt us. That, surprisingly, is what makes this movie so real and endearing.

Nothing about Everybody's Fine is lacking if you can find yourself or someone you know in this movie. The beauty of it is, you will find someone you know. If you haven't tricked yourself into thinking this might be like Christmas Vacation or Planes, Trains and Automobiles, then I hope you can appreciate its evenly paced, nostalgia filled beauty.

De Niro has outdone himself with this simple heart-filled "grown family" film. I can truthfully say I liked him more in this than anything else he has done, although I also believe he probably didn't have to dig too deep into his soul to be Frank Goode. I will be surprised if he has not turned the heads and hearts of those who can nominate him for an Oscar. While all the characters were easy to relate to, this movie was more about Frank Goode's journey from state to state and through life.

Believe me, Everybody's Fine is more than just fine.

9/10 and one giant hug for everyone involved in making this beautiful film.


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