Everybody's Fine finally arrived in theaters here (it was released around Christmastime last year -- hence the post title) and you know what? I liked it. I think it made about $5.00 at the box office, maybe a bit more. I think the critics hated it, too, but who cares.
Yeah, it's a little manipulative, but I liked it's quiet, somber tone. A nice antidote for the typical bombast of the summer movie season.
Here's the trailer if you're so inclined: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh7H92iE2V0
The best thing about the movie is Robert DeNiro's understated take on a father who seems hopelessly out of touch with his grown children. I'd hate to be a casting director responsible for hiring actors to play his kids, almost solely based on how hard it would be to find people who actually look like they could be his kids. Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale look absolutely nothing like him, but that's just me. Their acting is fine enough. It's DeNiro's movie, though.
If you've seen it and you know me, you'll probably guess the little touches that brought me to tears. Here's a hint on one of them: a lit candle being placed beside some family pictures.
It's slow-paced, but quietly moving. Definitely worth renting.