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Everybody’s Fine, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

Director: Kirk Jones
Starring: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

This review by Ashleigh Walmsley

Based on the 90’s Italian drama ‘Stanno tutti bene’, writer-director Kirk Jones brings ‘Everybody’s Fine’ to the big screen, showing that De Niro is undeniably back – and in my opinion, on top form.

The story follows Robert De Niro’s character Frank, a recently widowed pensioner who, unbeknownst to him, has become distant with his four children – three of which are played by Hollywood hot-shots Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. To connect these broken bonds, Frank decides to travel across America – disregarding his illness – to surprise each of his grown children and hopefully bring them back for a classic family Christmas. To his surprise, Frank’s children aren’t as ‘perfect’ as he always had hoped and expected.

The story of a disconnected parent(s) has been done many times before, and sometimes arguably better, but nobody can disagree that Jones’ writing is without wit or heart. Following De Niro’s character around America – something in which Frank has never done, thus giving him a somewhat child-like sense of adventure, is both entertaining and touching. Jones successfully emphasises this vulnerable character due to the situations we find him in and, overall, the truths we uncover about his children and their mysterious lives. And of course, De Niro himself helps bring this character to life. His performance is nothing short of terrific. He truly makes Frank incredibly easy to relate to and to feel sympathy for, which, therefore, makes it much easier to enjoy the chemistry he has between his on-screen children – Drew Barrymore, mainly.

Although their appearances are short, and have little script to work with, Barrymore, Beckinsale and Rockwell all bring something to their characters. A certain charisma which makes each one as likable as the next, which fits perfectly with De Niro. You could argue that Jones didn’t expand the relationship enough between Frank and his children, but the feeling of disconnection had to be felt even with the audience.
Although ‘Everybody’s Fine’ is written with care and passion, I can’t help but feel cheated with it’s predictably melodramatic finale. Too many films of it’s kind have ended leaving you feeling nostalgic and overly depressed. However, it did stay with me long after the credits began to roll.

In conclusion, ‘Everybody’s Fine’ left me pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely not perfect – the dream sequence towards to end of the feature became tedious instantly -, but Jones has written something so beautifully told and superbly acted that it’s hard not to like. Some may call it cliché and overly sensitive, I call it a touching and powerful dram-edy. Made completely worthwhile by the genuine performances and surprisingly stunning cinematography, ‘Everybody’s Fine’ is a film I can definitely recommend.

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Everybody’s Fine – New poster for De Niro’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on December 21, 2009

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Everybody’s Fine – TV Spot for De Niro’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on November 7, 2009

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Everybody’s Fine – Poster for film starring De Niro, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale

Posted by LiveFor on October 20, 2009

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Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell have been cast in the lead roles of “Everybody’s Fine,” a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 film “Stanno tutti bene.” Kirk Jones is directing from his own adapted screenplay.

De Niro plays a widower who realizes that his deceased wife was his only connection to his children. He decides on a whim to take a road trip to reconnect with each of his grown kids, discovering that their lives are far from perfect.

Anyone else think that De Niro looks a little odd in the poster?

The film is out on 4th December 2009.

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Whip It Featurette – Behind the Scenes

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

Whip It is the roller derby film directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Hardy, Zoe Bell, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis and Daniel Stern.

It opens on 2nd October 2009.
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Whip It! – Poster for the Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore roller skating film

Posted by LiveFor on August 26, 2009

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Whip It! – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2009


Here is the first trailer for the Drew Barrymore directed Whip It! The coming of age roller derby film.

In Bodeen, Texas, the indie-rock loving Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in Austin and tries to join as Babe Ruthless.

Source: First Showing

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Drew Barrymore, Zoe Bell, Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis are ready to Whip It!

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Drew Barrymore is directing and starring in Whip It! It is based around the world of roller derby and also stars Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, and Zoe Bell. USA Today had these photos
It is a a coming-of-age story starring Juno’s Ellen Page as a teenage girl who rebels against her beauty-pageant-obsessed mother (Marcia Gay Harden) and boring Texas town by joining the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby under the name Babe Ruthless.
Barrymore plays Smashley, and Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig is Maggie, her sister in arms on the local Hurl Scouts derby team. It gets its name from the members’ green faux-Girl Scout uniforms, complete with merit badges for kicking butt.
The film co-stars Jimmy Fallon as the derby announcer and Juliette Lewis as the leader of rival derby team The Holy Rollers, who finds out a secret that could force her tiny new foe from the competition.

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Drew Barrymore, Zoe Bell, Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis are ready to Whip It!

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Drew Barrymore is directing and starring in Whip It! It is based around the world of roller derby and also stars Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, and Zoe Bell. USA Today had these photos
It is a a coming-of-age story starring Juno’s Ellen Page as a teenage girl who rebels against her beauty-pageant-obsessed mother (Marcia Gay Harden) and boring Texas town by joining the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby under the name Babe Ruthless.
Barrymore plays Smashley, and Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig is Maggie, her sister in arms on the local Hurl Scouts derby team. It gets its name from the members’ green faux-Girl Scout uniforms, complete with merit badges for kicking butt.
The film co-stars Jimmy Fallon as the derby announcer and Juliette Lewis as the leader of rival derby team The Holy Rollers, who finds out a secret that could force her tiny new foe from the competition.

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The Random

Posted by LiveFor on August 19, 2008

Variety posted another update on the status of the next Superman film. Basically, no one knows. Bryan Singer may or may not be doing it. I feel sorry for Brandon Routh.

Not sounding good for the Watchmen movie. Deadline Hollywood say, “”A federal judge has denied a Warner Bros motion to dismiss 20th Century Fox’s legal battle over the rights to develop, produce and distribute a film based on the graphic novel Watchmen.”

Paul W. S. Anderson is off the Spy Hunter movie. Therefore, it may now be good.

Remember the name, Fame, is being remade and set in the modern day with all new songs. Matt if you are reading this in a weeks time I’m sure you can’t wait for it!

Check out the guts of Lightning McQueen from Cars.

Jimmy Fallon has been cast in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It! Nothing to do with Devo though.

The Batmobile from Batman Returns is up for sale.

On November 25th 2008, Criterion will finally be releasing a Director-Approved Double-Disc Special Edition of Wes Anderson’s first feature film Bottle Rocket.

20th Century Fox has put the big screen adaptation of Voltron in turnaround, and the project is now being set-up at Relativity Media. He-Man scribe Justin Marks penned the screenplay which is being described as “a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico” which follows “five ragtag survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth’s invaders.”

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