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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.
A calm, charismatic performance from Robert De Niro nearly saves the movie, but ultimately, Everybody's Fine has the look and feel of a stereotypical Christmas dramedy.
Forget Hollywood remakes; this is one film Iā(TM)d like to see reworked by an arthouse director and a pack of actors with smaller names and bigger reserves of subtlety.
Promising start, but it unravels with an ill-advised confrontation scene and an ending that rings false.
Although Mr. Jones's film has a myriad of other problems, the casting of Mr. De Niro is impossible to get past.
Is it anything special? No, not really. But it's an agreeable and even touching little snapshot of family life.
If nothing else (and there ain't much else), Everybody's Fine does prove one thing: Even an actor with the gifts of Robert De Niro can't make bland interesting.
Jones's efforts to re-tool the Italian original for an American audience prove disappointing. The comedy is broader, the dramatic crises have been sweetened and the ending has an uplift that was entirely missing from the original.
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.
There's no challenge to this material, no real emotional pull, it's one of those films that simply rolls by until its right-from-the-beginning predictable ending.
66 year-old Robert De Niro accomplishes what may be his bravest role of the last two decades by simply choosing to play a real old man in Kirk Jones? Everybody?s Fine.
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