Movie Travel: Everybody’s Fine

Travel Books & Movies — By on December 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

by Sarah Amandolare
LG Entertainment Editor

For many, travel offers time for introspection. The change of scenery brings about changes in thinking and altered patterns that, if we’re lucky, help us grow. In Everybody’s Fine a new film that hit theaters this past weekend, Robert De Niro plays Frank Goode, a dad whose impromptu journey to visit his three grown children illustrates the subtly powerful results of hitting the road.

Frank begins his trek to Chicago, Las Vegas and somewhere in the Pacific Northwest after his kids cancel plans to visit him for the holidays. The realization that his family has drifted apart since his wife’s death also propels him.

Previews reveal Frank confronting a few of the understated challenges of travel: initiating conversation with other passengers, fumbling with unfamiliar utensils, attempting awkward elevator jokes, and making embarrassing suitcase faux pas. So while the film teeters on tricky family issues – director Kirk Jones tells Cinema Spy that many people he talked to about the film got “quite emotional” discussing their own parents – the nuances of travel appear to shine through, at least for those willing to look for them.

Matt Gross, the NY Times Frugal Traveler, also touches on travel’s less glamorous but no less noteworthy occurrences in his essay “The Minor Glories of Constant Motion” for World Hum. The reminder to appreciate travel’s free gifts is well-timed for the burgeoning holiday season.

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  • Lisa Katzenberger says:

    Just saw Everybody's Fine this weekend and enjoyed it. DeNiro was great and really pulls at your heartstrings!