A not-so-typical fine family: An Everybody’s Fine Movie Review

Filipino families are often known to be very enmeshed and to have close family ties. On the contrary, American families seem less attached despite the love and connections they have for one another being similar to ours. The film Everybody’s Fine however, gives us a look into a not-so-typical family system. The story revolves around the Goode family, particularly on the plight of the father, Frank, who recently became a widower after the loss of his wife. Being retired, alone and somewhat unwell, he longed for one thing: to be with his children for the holidays. However, due to circumstances in his kids’ lives, this was not possible. Despite doctor’s orders, he went on a cross-country journey to see his children.

As always, in an attempt to not spoil the movie for my readers, I will not delve in to the details. Suffice it to say that in his journey, he discovered many things about himself, his family, and what everybody’s fine really means. A warning, however: this is a tear-jerker. A good kind of tear-jerker, but definitely expect a cry fest.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. Not only does the movie fit the typical genre I enjoy, but it really struck a chord in me because it reminded of my grandfather and father a lot. I could imagine them throughout the movie and it made me see how they probably see me. Just like father in the film, as we get older, we are faced with issues about death and dying, declining health, medical concerns such as hypertension, emphysema, heart disease, and the like which can make us take stock about the directions of our lives.

Even though I am far from the life stage Frank Goode was in, I can’t help but also look at where I am at in my life and where I am headed.

Overall, I would rate the movie a 9 out of 10. I loved how the film really made me see things in “a father’s eyes” and the dialogue throughout the film was laced with a lot of wisdom balanced out with moments that made me smile. The film stars Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Katherine Moennig and is presented by Miramax Films. Everybody’s Fine opens in local theaters on Wednesday, April 7,2010.

  • #1
    Posted by zoan on May 14th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    i like how you do or make a movie review because you don’t spoil the movie instead you make me wanna watch it

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