Friday, December 18, 2009

December 17, 2009

Everybody's Fine (2009)
What's with all the emotional manipulation this year? Between this, Amelia, 2012 and The Blind Side, I feel like I'm being bashed over the head with sad music and close-ups of grieving family. This, though it seemed to be advertised as a Christmas movie, had nothing whatsoever to do with any holiday and shows an old man (whose silent scenes alone with his suitcase as he walks through various airports and bus stations are the only truly moving moments of the whole film) as he tries to see all four of his widely-scattered children in one trip. There are stupid subplots involving a Mexican drug arrest, a bad set of lungs, and mysterious envelopes, none of which add anything to the overall story except to lead up to a totally shameless tear-jerking finale. I absolutely hate it when bad movies make me cry. Makes me feel like all those good ones that make me cry (Atonement, Return of the King, The Perfect Storm, etc.) are somehow degraded by it.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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