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Everybody's Fine in this family flick 

De Niro stays credible in an unlikely setting.

The tough-guy schtick doesn’t last forever, so actors like Robert De Niro stay credible by re-concocting their personas in unlikely settings. Not everything he has tried has been an outright success, but De Niro’s soft-edge experiments like this movie---where he plays a recent widower chasing down his grown children (including Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore) for an overdue visit---are engaging nonetheless. Without being a film for the ages, Everybody’s Fine gets a lot of family dynamics right. It’s usually the mothers who commiserate with children about life’s difficulties, and De Niro accurately conveys a father’s hurt and confusion about being kept out of the loop.
Everybody's Fine
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 95 min. · 2009
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Director: Kirk Jones
Writer: Kirk Jones
Producer: Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Glynis Murray and Gianni Nunnari
Cast: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, Katherine Moennig, Melissa Leo, James Frain, Brendan Sexton III, Lily Mo Sheen and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

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