Saturday, April 3, 2010

not for Everybody

Last weekend, Magnum and I watched Everybody's Fine. We thought it was bad.

Later, I read a few reviews and it seems that people either loved it or hated it, no grey area. To me, it was depressing, boring, and just took itself too seriously. I didn't like any of the characters. Lying was too easy for all of them. And some of the writing and directing was a bit ridiculous.

Robert Dinero plays a widower who goes to visit each of his 4 children after they stand him up for a weekend at "home". We're forced to travel with him to these visits, which feature much lying and awkwardness from everyone.

The dad character lived too much in the past and just wanted to look at things through rose colored glasses. The first daughter lied too easily and/or just swept bad things under the rug. The son lied too easily and had a chip on his shoulder, the third daughter was sweet enough but lied too easily. Two thumbs down.

I'd heard this was advertised as a comedy. What? Glad I wasn't expecting that, since it's depressing and boring. Maybe if they'd changed the title to "Everybody's Lyin'", I would've known better what to expect.

Just my humble opinion.


  1. So often these days when I sit down to watch 'comedies', I find virtually nothing funny about them. I always thought that perhaps I just didn't get it...

  2. I linked over and read the plot. Sounds like it could've been made into a good movie.

    Try again with something else. :)

  3. I don't watch movies often, so when I do, I want to see a good one. Thanks for the dud warning on this one.

  4. Glad you took one for the team.
    I prefer movies that will give me a short break from life, not depress me. Sounds like that one won't make my Netflix queue.

  5. I usually enjoy serials, like THe Sopranos, Mad Men, etc. So based on rave reviews I rented both season one of Dexter and The Wire. Bleh. TOO violent/scary/depressing for me. They went right back; i never got through all of episode one of either of them!

    I have only been interested in "lighthearted" movie fare lately. Maybe its because my outlook on things happening right in my area in real life are getting quite bleak. (gang shootings are on the rise. Yes, in "nice" suburbs. Its getting BAD.)

  6. Saw it on a plane (captive audience). I didn't like it either, but must admit that I wondered inwardly if that could be me someday (Dinero's charachter), at least to some extent....