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Everybody's Fine (2009)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 4 December 2009 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Kirk Jones

Writers:

Kirk Jones, Giuseppe Tornatore (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Chandler Frantz ... Young David
Lily Mo Sheen ... Young Amy (as Lily Sheen)
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Young Robert
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Frank's travelling light but carrying excess baggage (UK Quad) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Están todos bien See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,852,068, 6 December 2009

Gross USA:

$9,208,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,443,609
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Paul McCartney wrote the ballad, "(I Want To) Come Home", after seeing an advance screening. It was later nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Song. See more »

Goofs

During the film, telephone conversations are heard as if coming from the "wires" on the poles next to the track or road. Long distance telephone lines have been buried below ground in cables and later, fiber optic lines, since the 1950s. The wires shown are electric or signaling wires. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

So Are You to Me
Written and Performed by Peter Bradley Adams
Courtesy of Sabathan Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services
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User Reviews

 
This may be DeNiro's Best Performance Since Awakenings
5 December 2009 | by jalapenomanSee all my reviews

I saw this movie last night in a crowded theatre with persons of varying ages. At the conclusion of the film, I noticed smiles and tears in the eyes of the older viewers and some boredom and rush to leave in the younger ones. This is a movie for parents and will probably not appeal much to the under 25 set.

That said, this is a beautiful, heart-felt, and sometimes painful story of a father recognizing and coming to grips with the reality of his parenting and his lack of control over his children's lives. It is about truth and how we try to spare others pain or discomfort. It is about how many parents still see their grown up children as small children who we are responsible for.

While the supporting cast turn in good performances, this is Robert DeNiro's movie. It is his best performance since Awakenings (he deserved that Oscar, and not just the nomination).

I suspect that this film will get a lot of nominations, but don't think it will win many awards. I base that on the idea that they younger voters have not yet been in the shoes of the older ones and will not be fully able to appreciate the character or his growth and understanding.


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