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Overall B+

When Frank (Robert DeNiro) phones his adult children (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore) to see how they're doing, he's told "Everybody's fine." Yet when they decline his invitation to come home for the holidays, the lonely widower decides to find out what is really going on by dropping by for a visit.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity D+
Substance Use B-

Talk to your kids about…

Everybody’s Fine

How does Frank’s expectations for his children contribute to their reluctance to tell him about their present lives?How can parents find the balance between pushing their children to succeed and having unrealistic goals for them?

Although Frank wants to know the truth about his children, how does he react when he gets some hard news about his son? How does the crisis unite this group? How can family members support one another during these types of difficulties?

How can the rapid pace of life, the dependence on technology devices and distance contribute to deteriorating family relations? How can technology be used to build relationships? Do you think actual face-to-face time is important for strengthening family ties?