How cute is Robert De Niro in the trailer for Everybody's Fine? It's a rare treat to see the actor actor cuddling babies and lugging his suitcase around the country to visit his lovely but overly busy children. If only the movie were like that. It's the holidays, and I was kind of expecting to get a heartwarming family drama that reinforces how important relationships are, despite distance. That's not the case.
Everybody's Fine is a family drama, but with a series of depressing moments one after the other. De Niro plays patriarch and recent widower Frank Goode, the proud papa to kids played by Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell. The grown children are now scattered across the country, successful in their careers but too swamped to make the trip home. On a lonely whim, Frank packs his bag and embarks on a journey to come to each of them.
The sweetness ends there, though. To see why I was disappointed by the movie, just read more