Everybody’s Fine (2009)

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Review by Ruth of FlixChatter

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I saw this film as part of Mark and Tyson’s Robert De Niro blogathon and I was drawn to see this one as I like the premise. De Niro plays a widower Frank who realizes that his only connection to his family was through his wife. He then sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.
The beginning of the film shows how Frank is anticipating his kids home for a family reunion. He mows the lawn, clean his house, buys steaks and expensive wine, etc. But as he sets up his barbeque in his yard, one by one his children calls and tells him they can’t make it. Frank is devastated, but promptly decides to pay each of them a surprise visit. Ignoring his doctor’s advice that he has to rest, Frank packs up his small carry-on and takes his first train ride to New York City to see his artist son David.

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