Everybody's Fine (2009)

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Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children. When all of them cancel their visits at the last minute, Frank, against the advice of his doctor, sets out on a road trip to reconnect with his offspring. As he visits each one in turn, Frank finds that his children's lives are not quite as picture-perfect as they've made them out to be.

"Everybody's Fine", directed by Kirk Jones, is a poignant 2009 drama based upon a 1990 Italian movie by Giuseppe Tornatore. The movie boasts a heavy-hitting cast, led by Hollywood legend Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell. It follows the journey of a recent widower as he attempts to reconnect with his adult children and faces numerous family characteristics.

Robert De Niro heads the cast as Frank Goode, a retired widower attempting to create an ideal family reunion. However, one by one, his developed kids cancel their planned visits. Unable to comprehend why his successful offspring would dodge such an event, he decides to surprise each one with an unannounced see. This concept propels Frank onwards on a trip of unanticipated discoveries and psychological encounters.

First, he visits his child, David, an artist in New York, but he is not available for unknown factors. Frank's next stop is to his daughter, Amy (Kate Beckinsale), an effective marketer in Chicago who portrays whatever as ideal regardless of her faltering marriage and distressed son. Frank then visits his child Robert (Sam Rockwell), who, instead of living the dream as an orchestra conductor as his father believes, is actually just a percussionist. His last go to is to Rosie (Drew Barrymore), who appears to have an affluent way of life but is later revealed as a fabrication to please their father's expectations.

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The trips bring Frank to the hard realization that he does not know his kids along with he thought he did. Throughout his journey, he discovers that his kids have actually been hiding their failures due to their worry of disappointing him. His kids aren't great at all; they're struggling with significant concerns that they feel they can't speak about. Frank's realization that his expectations might have kept his children from sharing their trials allows him to reassess his relationship with them.

Finally, Frank finds out the tragic reality about his kid David, who has passed away of an overdose in Mexico after dealing with depression. The children had chosen to keep this details from their father due to his delicate health. This revelation is a substantial blow to Frank, causing a heart attack. As he recovers in the medical facility, his kids gather around him. They're forced to confront the truth about their lives, opening up a more open and less constrained dialogue with their father.

"Everybody's Fine" is a genuine film, clarifying the familiar concern of familial expectations, frustrations, and the facades put up to prevent them. This film discreetly demonstrates the significance of open communication within families and the requirement to understand and accept each other's flaws and failures. With strong efficiencies, particularly from De Niro, the movie presents an exploration of household characteristics that is melancholy and uplifting in equal measure. It wonderfully highlights that in household, nobody's best, however in the end, everyone's fine.

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