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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.


Kirk Jones


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





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 ... Young David
Lily Mo Sheen ... Young Amy (as Lily Sheen)
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Young Robert


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


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


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Están todos bien See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,852,068, 6 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,855,646, 20 December 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's a remake of Everybody's Fine (1990), an Italian movie starring Marcello Mastroianni in the De Niro role. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Mannequins in Love
Written and Performed by William Joseph Martin, Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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The Return of DeNiro
12 December 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Everybody's Fine (2009)

*** (out of 4)

Robert DeNiro plays a widower who grows tired of his four children making excuses for not coming to see him so he disregards his doctor's orders and takes a trip to visit all four. Along the way he starts to think about their childhood and where their lives are at now. I remember when THIS BOYS LIFE was released it featured a trailer that would make you think you were walking into one of the greatest family films ever made even though the actual film was a dark one about child abuse. I mention that because this film is pretty much the same effect as the poster, TV ads and trailer makes you think that you're in for a good time but the film is actually an incredibly depressing affair but it finally gives star DeNiro a true character and he does great work with it. Now, I'm not one of those who thinks DeNiro has wasted one performance after another for the past twenty years. I think he's given several very good performances even though many of the characters weren't the strongest items for an actor of his range. The performance here is downright terrific and truly deserves to be called that "old DeNiro" style. DeNiro doesn't need words to show what his character is feeling and he perfectly brings to life this rather sad character who is smart enough to know there's a lot more going on with his children then they're willing to tell him. I found DeNiro to be perfect and one would hope he'd get some Oscar consideration but that probably won't happen considering how the film did at the box office (but I would ask why that should matter). DeNiro gets to interact with various characters and the amount of life he brings this character will make one remember the type of work he was turning in on a consistent basis years ago. I won't ruin DeNiro's big scene towards the end but it's certainly very overwhelming. The supporting cast has Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell playing the children and they all give fine performances and mix with DeNiro very well. I do wish the actual film would have been a bit stronger because it's extremely depressing but at times I felt the film was holding back. I really can't explain what but it just never really felt like a full movie and at times there were some plot details that were a tad bit over dramatic and other times that the film pushes too hard to get its point across. While the film does have its share of problems, the real reason for anyone to watch this is for the return of DeNiro and that alone makes this worth seeing. Again, not the happiest film out there but at least we get to see DeNiro playing his best character in quite a while.

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