Every Day Reviews
What did this movie teach me? Apparently "professionals" still do cocaine.
The good. The acting is well dosed, just right to make us feel at home. The script keeps event popping in, but does not become overly complex. The story is dynamic, yet quiet. The dialogs, characters, and background are realistic, without dragging us into the mundane or the boring.
The actors. Liev Schreiber is the steadfast husband and father who's running into a wall. Good performance. Helen Hunt is the daughter, wife, and mother who is lost. For once, I did not find her annoying, and I must give her credit for keeping her performance on par with the flick. Carla Gugino as the sexy fun seeking coworker, Eddie Izzard as the flamboyant boss, and Brian Dennehy as crotchety old father are what gives the film its piquant. Well done.
The bad. I think all this production needs to really have more punch is a bit more polish in almost all departments while avoiding becoming slick which would loose the "anyone" feel.
The ugly. Nothing.
The result. A bit of entertainment for everyone, but don't expect any action or big gestures. This is about "every day".
First Ned, the central character, is starting a new job writing for a "five shocks in every show" television series. That portion of Every Day is a heightened satire of television, the problems with dealing with a psycho boss (played by a delightfully over-the-top Eddie Izzard); it has a subplot of dealing with an attractive co-worker.
Second, Ned's father-in-law, Ernie, is failing and Ned's wife who "doesn't even like" her father is moving him into their small house. How the family relates to dying Ernie, and the stresses this move puts on the family could be a whole movie. Another movie could be made (and has been) about the relationship between Jeannie and her father with a subplot about the idiocies of our health care system.
A third (or fourth or fifth) movie could be made about the elder son who has come out in the last six months and is dipping his toe into the gay scene. Perhaps the way the film deals with this, portraying Ezra's journey as similar to any kid's blossoming sexuality and breaking away from the nest is the best part of the film. Jonah is dealing pretty well, but its a scary journey.
The most mature character is the youngest sone Ethan, who observes all these changes and deals with them in a forthright manner. Perhaps unrealistic, but cool.
Performances are generally superb. Only Helen Hunt seems somewhat forced -- playing Helen Hunt in "As Good as It Gets. Schreiber, Dennehy and Miller are particularly wonderful.
Settings and music unobstrusively support the stories well.
Director Levine is able. Writer Levine is the weak point in that he crams so much into the film that the audience keeps wanting more deveopment of everything. Despite these many crises, the movie pretends they can all be resolved positively -- the situations are interesting and real, the pat resolutions don't ring true. Nobody is that lucky.