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Everybody's Fine (2009)

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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.

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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Frank wanted the holidays to be picture perfect. What he got was family. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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4 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Están todos bien  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,852,068 (USA) (4 December 2009)

Gross:

$8,855,646 (USA) (18 December 2009)
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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. See more »

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In the scene where Frank's kids visit their father in the hospital, Robert's arms shift from crossed in the head-on shots to extended (leaning on the bed frame) in the side-angle shots. See more »

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[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 know 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.
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The photographs Frank took during his journey are shown alongside the end credits. See more »

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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Papa Loves Mambo
Written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, Bickley Reichner (as Bickley "Bix" Reichner)
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label and The RCA/Jive Label Group, a Unit of Sony Music Entertainment by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It's been a long trip
6 December 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer/director Kirk Jones just needs to work a little more frequently. His first two projects were the fascinating Waking Ned Devine and the deeper than expected Nanny McPhee. The guy has some real talent and unique insight. He is also wise enough to cast Robert Deniro and then bring out his best performance in years.

Sure, there are some similarities to Nicholson's wonderful turn in About Schmidt, but contrary to the trailers, this one is no light-hearted holiday fluff. There are deep emotions and more real-life family baggage than most will care to admit (translated, there were quite a few sniffles in the theatre).

Deniro's kids are scattered about leading their own lives after a childhood of pressure, demands and expectations. The differences in how each have handled it is very interesting. Drew Barrymore wants very much to be the daddy's girl, while Kate Beckinsale is the corporate type-A who just can't manage her family. The always excellent Sam Rockwell is the music prodigy enjoying his stress-free live as a symphonic percussionist (instead of a conductor). The youngest is a troubling story line that ends up tying everything together for the Deniro character, as well as the family.

Aside from the mostly atrocious music, this one is an emotional tug-fest that will stimulate a bit of self-analysis from all parents.


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