Release Date: May 31, 1991
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Valeria
Cavalli, Norma Martelli,
Marino Cenna, Roberto Noble,
Salvatore Cascio, and Michele
Rating: Not rated
Runtime: Approximately 100 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer: Angelo Rizzoli
Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore, Tonino
Guerra & Massimo De Rita.
Address Comments To:Christina Kounelias
18 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
Living in her boyfriend's house, Scuro's daughter (an underwear model and mother of an illegitimate child) tells Papa the house they live in is her own. Her oldest brother, Matteo, is a speech writer for a not-so-important politician. Another brother plays the bass drum in a traveling orchestra. From him, Scuro finds out that his other son is not missing but has committed suicide.
Viewing his circumstances through a lens of past experience, Papa Scuro sees his world become increasingly westernized. Vivid examples include the cold buzz of the answering machine, a baby kept occupied by a TV and eating a burger at Italian McDonalds.
EVERYBODY'S FINE is an unmistakably Italian movie that reinforces its culture and traditions. A competent supporting cast, however, wastes their time in this hollow, lukewarm "tragicomedy" that occasionally arouses our emotions.
Lovers of Italian films may find EVERYBODY'S FINE worth seeing, but be prepared for an ill-constructed plot with adult situations, female nudity and obscenities.
Realistically, everything can't be fine without Christ. Papa Scuro should have taken heed of the Proverbs 22:6 admonition to "Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." If only Papa Scuro would give his life to Christ, his existence would be meaningful, pointing to a destination in heaven.