Despite an impressive ensemble cast, writer/director Kirk Jones’ 2009 family drama Everybody’s Fine
falls pretty flat -- it’s heartbreaking during brief transitional moments where Robert De Niro is probably improving, but chintzy and fake whenever the script actually calls for real drama. Oddly enough, much of the story is likely supposed to ring false -- as De Niro plays a recently widowed father traveling across the country to visit his grown children, who are each obviously omitting as-yet-unspecified info about their lives to him during his stay. The only problem is that the movie feels even phonier when the truth comes out.
It’s supposed to have...