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Everybody's Fine

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

drama


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    46%
  • Audience Score
    53%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

De Niro's dysfunctional family drama is touching but mature.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this holiday drama starring Robert De Niro deals with some heavy themes that aren't age-appropriate for young children. Of the main character's four grown-up children, one (mostly unseen) is a jailed substance abuser, and the others are grappling with issues including sexuality, divorce, and single parenthood. There's quite a bit of swearing for a PG-13 movie, especially during a comical scene between a grandfather and grandson ("f--k," "s--t"). There's also a lot of lying, and one character dies (off screen), while another ends up in the hospital after being mugged. Still, in the end, the movie aims to send a positive message about acceptance and honesty between parents and their adult children.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's lesson about parent-child relationships. Which of Frank's children seems to have the healthiest relationship with him? What about his grandson, Jack? How do secrets and lies affect Frank and his kids?
  • How does this film compare to other holiday family movies? Why do holiday movies often seem to feature families in distress or with relationship problems?
  • How does the movie portray sibling relationships? Is it believable that Frank's children would keep such important aspects of their lives a secret from him but not each other?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    46%
    reviews counted: 30
    see all Everybody's Fine reviews
  • Audience

    53%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I didn't feel like I was watching characters who were related to each other. Every scene they are in, I felt like I was watching movie stars meeting each other for the first time.

- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, December 7, 2009

Rotten: It s a four-square set-up, but with only the barest flicker of familial friction heating the undercooked drama.

- Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Everybody should see Everybody's Fine. But one piece of advice: Phone home first.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, December 4, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Slow moving, but nice movie about a recently widowed man's attempts to get closer to his grown up children. Had quite a realistic tone to it compared to some over sentimental films of it's type, and mostly the cast are very good. Robert De Niro does an excellent job and Drew Barrymore, of course, always good to watch. Kate Beckinsale, I would have to mirror a few other comments on here, not entirely believable, but have seen worse. Not wildly exciting, and it does drag in places, but on the whole I enjoyed it and the end was even quite moving. I think some people won't like it because they prefer movies that portray the perfect family, not flawed people with real faults and problems as this one does.

- romy861, Saturday, October 2, 2010

3 stars

I liked it at first cause it has the same plot with Ozu's Tokyo Story but.. I dunno why it just not as good as I expected.

- citawijaya, Saturday, September 4, 2010

3 stars

Average De Niro film. Average acting but not my favorite.

- movieguru12, Monday, August 9, 2010