Movie Review: Everybody's Fine (2009)

Everybody's Fine is about two things that get twisted when they go together: family and truth.

Frank Goode (played by Robert De Niro) is a widower that decides to surprise visit his four children whom he greatly motivated in their growing years. Believing that each of his children (played by Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, & Austin Lysy) doing extremely well in their respective careers, Frank finds out that there's more to the good news that he had been receiving all those years.

The emotional hook of the film is focused on making one's parent proud and the fear of disappointing. Anyone who has experienced some past apprehension of disappointing mom/dad/brother/sister will be able to relate to the characters on the film. Robert De Niro straddles between sentimental and disillusioned, but he's able to tug at one's heart strings well.

The truth hurts in Everybody's Fine and people seem to spare everyone the truth, thus causing more damage. Very touching film but ending doesn't match the great start.

Rating: 3.5/5

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