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:: Everybody's Fine

This is a honest and heartfelt account of the trails and tribulations of what it is to be a modern family. Alone after the death of his wife and retired from his job in a wire factor, Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) comes to the realisation that he is not in any way connected to his children. As they one-by-one cancel a weekend family get together at his home, he recognises that the problem is greater than just losing touch. For years the children have over-looked Frank and confided in their mother who claimed everything was always ‘fine’.

Although told by his doctor not to take long trips due to his poor health, Frank decides he will go across America to surprise his children and take the time to find out who they really are. With him, he brings an envelope for each of his four children and his camera to capture the special moments he hopes to share with his kids.

His first stop is New York City to see his son David, an artist. He waits for his son for hours and sees his work displayed in a local art gallery. Unable to reach him, Frank decides to leave behind a note for David. He then sees Amy (Kate Beckinsale), a successful advertising executive. Frank senses the tension between Amy’s husband and son and Amy finds it uncomfortable to have her father around.

Frank then visits his son Robert (Sam Rockwell) in Denver who has always claimed to be a famed conductor, who is in fact a percussionist in the orchestra. Unable to cope with his father being around, Robert tells Frank he is too busy and is leaving for Europe. His final stop is to see his youngest daughter, Rosie (Drew Barrymore), in Las Vegas who is a famed dancer in the best casinos across Vegas. While Frank is constantly pushed away by his kids, they secretly try to protect him from finding out about what has really happened to David.

This is a stellar performance by De Niro as Frank Goode, the honest father who tries to reconnect with his four children and come to terms with the loss of his beloved wife. Based on the 1990 Italian film ‘Stanno Tutti Bene’, the film is written and directed by Kirk Jones.

DVD Extras

The Making of Paul McCartney’s ‘(I want to) Come Home’
Deleted and extended scenes.