This film is listed as a drama/adventure and stars Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Lucian Maisel. The story is about Frank, played by Robert De Niro, who is having trouble getting all four of his children all together to come and visit him. His wife passed away eight months ago and everyone seems to be pushing him away or is too busy. He decides to take matters into his own hands and goes to visit each one separately.
After seeing that this movie included the talents of Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Beckinsale I was curious and decided to give it a try. I like all three of them and have enjoyed many of their previous works. I connected the most with the character Frank. Robert De Niro played the character in such a way that brought vulnerability that I am not used to seeing in the normal roles he plays. It was cute to see Robert De Niro so domestic and heart-warming to see him play a father trying to clean his home up for the arrival of his adult children.
I felt strong sympathy for Frank because his loneliness was so heavy and palpable and I wanted to comfort him. It is upsetting to see how his children let him down and do not seem to make time for him. Frank talks to himself and is so desperate for human interaction that he has in-depth conversations with strangers about his family and life. While on his trip to see his children, he ends up having to take a lot of pictures of just himself out in the world. Frank is such a lovable character. During his trip he calls home to hear his wife’s voice on the home voicemail.
The story is very depressing and not what I was expecting. Frank’s children seem so selfish and they keep secrets from him. It was frustrating to find out that they were keeping the death of his son David from him. They told him after the fact and gave an excuse of not wanting to upset him further without full details of his death. I believe they were wrong in not giving full disclosure as soon as they knew the first information about David being in trouble. Frank is their father and should be given the right to deal with the information as he chooses. If there had been anyway for Frank to reach out to David before his death, the children eliminated that option when they decided for him. None of his children seem happy with the surprise visits from him. The film seems to get more depressing as the story develops. Frank is almost robbed and the thief destroys his heart medication. He has a heart attack on the airplane ride home.
Overall, I do not recommend this film unless you prefer depressing dramas. This story is a tear jerker. It has a bitter sweet ending and a good message but I will not watch it again.
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Robert De Niro was cute and heart-warming