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Everybody's Fine
Directed by Kirk Jones
Produced by Gianni Nunnari
Ted Field
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Glynis Murray
Written by Kirk Jones
Starring Robert De Niro
Drew Barrymore
Kate Beckinsale
Sam Rockwell
Katherine Moennig
Music by Dario Marianelli
Cinematography Henry Braham
Editing by Andrew Mondshein
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) December 4, 2009
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21 million[1]
Gross revenue $10,546,000[1]

Everybody's Fine is a remake of the Giuseppe Tornatore film Stanno Tutti Bene that is written and directed by Kirk Jones and stars Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. The film opened on December 4, 2009.



Frank Goode is getting ready for his children to come visit him. He gets everything all set, goes out and buys a new grill, expensive wine, and gets the backyard and house all ready. One by one though, each of his children call to cancel on him. Feeling a bit down by the rejections, Frank decides to head out on a small trip, visiting each of his kids.

After visiting his physician and being warned about his health, Frank (Robert De Niro) takes a train to New York City, where he sits on his son David's doorstep. David never shows up, but Frank sees one of David's paintings in a nearby art gallery window. He slips an envelope under David's door telling him how he wanted to surprise him but missed out.

Next visit is to daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who says it's a bad time to visit. She had mentioned in her phone call that her son Jack was sick and they weren't going to make the visit. Once he gets there, Frank realizes Jack wasn't sick and Amy was just making up an excuse. Frank plays a little golf with grandson Jack, but dinner is uncomfortable with tension between Jack and his father. The next morning, Frank accompanies Amy to her fancy office and hears her agency's pitch for a TV ad. She takes him to the bus station to visit his son Robert. While waiting, Amy meets up with a co-worker of hers, having him and her father meet.

As Frank travels to each of his children's homes, the film cuts to phone conversations between the siblings. David is in some type of trouble in Mexico, and Amy is going there to find out what is happening; the sisters and Robert (Sam Rockwell) agree to not tell their father about David until they know for sure.

Frank arrives in Denver expecting to see Robert conduct the orchestra. It turns out Robert is "only" a percussionist. He also says Frank's visit is at a bad time, so within hours Frank takes a bus to Las Vegas to visit Rosie (Drew Barrymore). Frank is adamant that each visit be a surprise, but Robert calls Rosie to warn her.

Frank is attacked by a mugger who destroys Frank's prescription pills. Frank manages to escape and scrapes up some of the crushed pills, but when he calls the doctor back home for a prescription refill, he doesn't tell the doctor that he is hundreds of miles from home, traveling against doctor's advice. He has a dream that his son David is in jail.

Frank arrives in Las Vegas late. Rosie picks him up in a stretch limo and tells him she was in a big show that just ended the previous week. She takes him to her fancy apartment, where her friend Jilly (Katherine Moennig) brings over her baby for last-minute babysitting because she needs to pick up her husband from the airport. Frank overhears a message being left on an answering machine, indicating the apartment is borrowed from Rosie's friend. During dinner, Frank asks Rosie about why nobody ever talked to him and told him things, but they told their mother everything. He is not comfortable, knowing all his kids are lying to him.

Frank flies back home but — without his pills — he has a heart attack in the lavatory. Frank has another dream of his kids as young children; in the dream, everyone's sitting at the table outside. Although his kids are all young again, they're discussing all of their problems as adults. He knows Amy's husband has left for another woman and that's why Jack was so tense around him. It's revealed that Jilly's baby is actually Rosie's baby (their mother knew about it, but never mentioned it to their father), and that Rosie has been questioning her sexuality. David tells his dad that he can't tell him where he's at and starts laughing. The kids and their mother always kept the unpleasant truth from Frank. While Frank thought he was encouraging his kids, they thought he was pressuring them and would be disappointed in how their lives really turned out. He ends up having the heart attack while this dream is occurring. Next scene is in the hospital, where he wakes up in bed with Amy, Robert, and Rosie standing there. Frank tells them that he knows something's wrong with David and he wants to know what's going on. All three children start crying and it's revealed that David has died from a drug overdose. During the night, Frank has a vision about a young David being in his hospital room. He tells him how he was never disappointed in him and he never would be as David grew up.

Frank goes back to New York to the Art Gallery below David's apartment to buy David's painting but it has already been sold. The girl at the desk tells him that if any of David's art comes through, she'd let him know. After leaving, she runs out to tell Frank about how great his son was, after realizing the family connection. She shows him another painting by David that is more appropriate to him — a landscape showing PVC-covered power lines made out of glue and macaroni (Frank made PVC-covered cable for years). Frank then visits his wife's grave and talks to her. He tells her all about the kids and how they're all doing fine. The last scene shows the family at Christmas. Frank is cooking the turkey and remembers that he never had the heart to tell his wife hers was overcooked. All three children are around the house helping cook and decorate the tree. It's also revealed that Rosie and Jilly are a couple and are raising the baby together. Amy is dating her co-worker whom she introduced her father to at the bus station. The film ends with Frank walking into the dining room, to his family, and a screenshot of everyone sitting at the table together.



Filming took place in Connecticut[2] and New York City.



Critical reaction

The film received mixed reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 46% of 99 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.3 out of 10. The site's general consensus is that "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."[3] Among the site's notable critics, 52% gave the film a positive write-up, based on a sample of 25.[4] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, the film is considered to have "mixed or average reviews", with a rating score of 47 based on 25 reviews.[5]

Michael Medved gave Everybody's Fine two stars (out of four), calling the film "..bleak, deeply depressive, and utterly depressing.." But he also added that "DeNiro's acting is intense and moving as always."[6]

Overall, the critics consensus praises Robert De Niro for having "intensity and presence that shines through even when he's not playing Travis Bickle/Jake La Motta types, "but the movie becomes overly sentimental, and the supporting players aren't given three-dimensional characters to play." [7]

Box office

The film "unspooled in 10th [place] with $4 million." [8] As of December 6, the film has grossed $4,027,000. [1] It closed on December 24th, 2009 after a brief 3-week run.


Everybody's Fine was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Film - Wide Release". Drew Barrymore will also receive the Vanguard Award at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards ceremony, in part due to her performance in the film.[9][10]


Paul McCartney wrote the ballad "(I Want To) Come Home" for the movie after seeing an advance screening. Though he wrote the song from the perspective of De Niro's character, afterwards, he realized it could also be heard from the adult children's view. [11]. It led to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Song.

Home media

Everybody's Fine was released on DVD February 23, 2010.


  1. ^ a b c "Everybody's Fine (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Michael Fleming (2008-04-07). "De Niro, Barrymore top 'Fine' cast". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Everybody's Fine (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Everybody's Fine Reviews: Top Critics". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Everybody's Fine (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
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  7. ^ "Critics Consensus: Everybody's Fine Is Just OK". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  8. ^ "'Blind Side' tops 'New Moon' at boxoffice". The Hollywood Reporter. 2009-12-06. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Gemma (February 19, 2010). "Cruz to Co-host Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards". Playbill. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards - English Language Nominees". Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ I Want to) Come Home Songfacts

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