"Everybody's Fine" on DVD 

Drama dealing with a husband and father (Robert De Niro) still recovering from the death of his wife. When his adult children (Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell) fail to show up for a holiday visit, he sets off to surprise each of them. Poppa Frank Goode is a regular guy, not a larger-than-life movie character, and De Niro adjusts his performance accordingly. But it's hard to get fully invested in a character when the actor is working so damned hard to appear to be ordinary. Everything about this non-flashy man seems calculated, with De Niro measuring out his trademark mannerisms ever so carefully. I cared about Frank, but I never got lost in the character. Robert De Niro was in the way. If you're in a forgiving mood, or if the situations hit particularly close to home, you may be less distracted by the story mechanics and mannered casualness than I was. Otherwise, Everybody's Fine is serviceable, I guess. 95 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a feature about the making of the Paul McCartney song played in the film, plus deleted and extended scenes.

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