Everybody’s Fine is a family drama with a healthy paint of comedy that
stars Robert De Niro as Frank Goode, a retiree whose wife had just
recently passed away. Unfortunately for the Goode family, his wife was
the mortar in their family and was the one who ended up communicating
with their four children. Now that she has passed away, he attempts to
bring his family together that is not as easy as it sounds.
Unable to bring his children to his home, Frank decides to go on a road
trip and visit all of his children separately but to compound the
situation, each of his three children (Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale
and Sam Rockwell) have their own “life” dilemmas. As the children go to
extreme lengths in hiding their affairs from their father Frank, the
theme of family is not so with the Goodes and at times, the plot is too
convoluted to make any sense.
There are strong performances in the film, specifically from De Niro and
Beckinsale but at the end of the day, director Kirk Jones fails to
deliver a true heart wrenching experience and many of the outcomes are a
little too predictable. The video and audio quality is good which is an
expectation of all Disney films these days and there are a few special
features thrown together such as the making of Paul McCartney's "I Want
To" and some deleted scenes.
All in all, Everybody’s Fine is not a bad nor good drama experience but
sits somewhere just above mediocrity.