Every Day (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
March 5, 2011 by Dennis Amith
“Every Day” is delightful, touching and enjoyable! Featuring an all-star cast with wonderful writing and magnificent performances, the film will definitely hit home for a lot of parents who are facing many challenges in their own families and are looking for hope. Recommended!
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TITLE: Every Day
FILM RELEASE DATE: 2010
DURATION: 90 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
COMPANY: Image Entertainment
RATED: R (Language, Sexual Content and Some Drug Use)
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2011
Written and Directed by Richard Levine
Producer: Miranda Bailey, Matthew Leutwyler
Co-Producer: Amanda Marshall
Associate Producer: Michael Bederman
Executive Producer: Sam Hoffman
Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber
Edited by Pam Wise
Casting by Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
Production Design by Adam Stockhausen
Art Direction by Brianne Zulauf
Set Decoration by Kate Foster
Costume Design by Anee Crabtree
Liev Schrieber as Ned
Helen Hunt as Jeannie
Carla Gugino as Robin
Eddie Izzard as Garrett
Ezra Miller as Jonah
Skyler Fortgang as Ethen
David Harbour as Brian
Tilky Jones as Ian
Liev Schreiber (Salt) heads an all-star cast in this warm and wise comic drama as Ned, a loving husband and devoted father dealing with life’s curveballs. He’s got a stressed-out wife (Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets) an independent teenage son (Ezra Miller,City Island), and an embittered father-inlaw (Brian Dennehy, Silverado) who’s turning his home upside down. Ned’s job writing a scandalous TV series for a demanding boss (Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie) is unfulfilling, and late night rewrites with a sexy co-worker (Carla Gugino, Entourage) might just push him over the deep end. This modern family story by Nip/Tuck producer/writer Richard Levine is filled with heart, humor and life’s unexpected twists that teach Ned that marriage and parenthood don’t always go according to the script.
Every Day – Bonus Clip: Deleted Scene: “Ethan Gets Tucked In”
Every Day – Film Clip: “Always Angry”
Every Day – Film Clip: “Ernie’s Decision”
Every Day – Film Clip: “Family Dinner”
Every Day – Film Clip: “Story Meeting”
Writer and producer Richard Levine is known for his work as executive producer, writer and director for TV series “Nip/Tuck” and his work on “Stark Raving Mad” and “Jag”. His primary work has been with television but with situations happening in his personal life, Levine was able to get personal and write a loosely-based story of those elements that took place when his wife’s estranged elderly father came to live with them and how it affected the family.
Working together with independent film producer Miranda Bailey (“The Squid and the Whale”, “The Oh in Ohio”, “Dead & Breakfast”), Levine wrote and directed “Every Day”, a low budget film which would feature an all-star cast with Liev Shreiber (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Salt”, “Defiance”), Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”, “Sin City”, “Night at the Museum”), Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”, “As Good as it Gets”, “Twister”, “What Women Want”), Brian Dennehy (“Ratatouille”, “First Blood”, “Romeo+Juliet”), Eddie Izzard (“Valkyrie”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”, “The Riches”), Ezra Miler (“City Island”, “After School”) and Skyler Fortgang (“Damages”, “American Gangster”).
“Every Day” is a 2010 film which focuses on a family in New York.
Ned (played by Liev Schreiber) is a writer for a TV series in which his demanding boss Garrett (played by Eddie Izzard) wants more sensationalism in his scripts and since they are not good enough, they are constantly rejected. Ned is married to Jeannie (played by Helen Hunt), a former working professional who is now stressed out that her estranged father Ernie (played by Brian Dennehy) is no longer able to take care of himself and now he must move in with them.
Jeannie has never ever gotten along with her father and Ernie just wishes they left him for dead instead of moving him to New York to live with them. So, now Jeannie is in a high-stress moment as she must now become a caretaker for her father and constantly bring him to the hospital for tests and take care of him. And each time she shows compassion, Ernie just shows contempt. He is rude and is always talking badly to her.
Meanwhile, both parents try to take care of their two sons Jonah (played by Ezra Miller) and Ethan (played by Skyler Fortgang). Jonah is a teenage boy who just came out of the closet and is now starting to become more alert to boys around him. For Ned, it’s hard for him to take it in that his son is gay and is not so accepting of his son taking part in a gay student association and going to a gay prom. Meanwhile, Ethan is a young boy trying to learn how to play the violin and is curious to those around him.
For Ethan, he tends to be picked on by his grandfather Ernie, a music enthusiast (who often has dreams when he listens to music that he is playing drums for a big band), who wants Ethan to improve his violin playing but Ernie uses Ethan to get some pills, which Jeannie is trying to make sure her father doesn’t try to kill himself.
Because the task of having to take care of her father becomes to difficult, Jeannie thinks its best he stay in a facility where he would be taken care of. But it would cost $4,000 a month which she and Ned would have to pay for. And for Ned, it’s difficult because although he works as a television writer and gets paid a good salary, his work continually is getting rejected and he worries about his job and also worries about his family.
But because the added tension in Ned’s personal life and his work life, his boss pairs him up with one of the veteran writers, Robin (played by Carla Gugino), a free-spirit and a woman who just recently broke up with her boyfriend. She knows that Ned lives a standard, traditional family life but in order to get him to produce the work that he needs for their boss, Ned needs to step out of the box.
So, when Ned joins Robin for a writing session, he is shocked that she lives in very nice home with a swimming pool in the city. Before they start writing, she strips out of her clothes into a bikini and tells him that before they write, they must swim. When Jeannie calls him, she tells him that she is waiting for him at their son’s violin recital. Ned tells him that their boss is expecting him to work late with writer Robin and to work on a script. When Jeannie hears Robin’s voice, she is upset and feels that Ned may be with another woman.
As the tension continues to grow at home with Jeannie’s problems with her father, his son Jonah who met a gay man at the GSA prom has asked him out on dates and now Jonah has been lying to his parents of his whereabouts. For Ned, his time with Robin starts to change him as well as she encourages him to smoke weed, snort cocaine and eventually have sex together. She wants to bring out the wild side in Ned and Ned notices how its starting to work for his writing but also helping him forget about his problems in his personal life.
Until something happens to his family… one night.
“Every Day” is presented in 1080p High Definition. For the most part, as a low-budget film, I felt that Richard Levine and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber did a fine job in capturing the various locations where the family members frequent. The shot and location at Robin’s home is well-done, capturing the hospital and retirement home during Jeannie and Ernie’s scenes were well-done, capturing the gay club atmosphere for Jonah was also well-done and for the most part, for a low-budget film, you don’t expect to see many shot locations but for this film, you do.
For the most part, picture quality was very good for the film. Detail was very good. Skin tones were natural, blacks were nice and deep. While some scenes (which use neon and red lights, typically involving Jonah at the prom or dance club) tend to look like there was slight banding, for the most part, I didn’t notice any particles or compression artifacting. Overall, picture quality for this film was good.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Every Day” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. For the most part, this film is a dialogue driven film. Dialogue is crystal clear and you get some scenes with good jazz music, especially during Ernie’s scenes which sound great. But there are scenes for example when Jeannie is at the hospital with her father, you can hear the hotel ambiance and hospital speaker through the surround channels. You can also hear music and other crowd ambiance type scenes through the surround channels. But for the most part, this is a center and front-channel driven film and lossless audio soundtrack works for this type of film.
Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.
“Every Day” comes with the following special features in Standard Definition (480i/1:85:1):
- Trailer – (2:30) The theatrical trailer for “Every Day”.
- Cast Interview – Richard Levine talks about how elements of his personal life were made into a movie, the cast talk about the film and being part of a low-budget film and first time movie director.
- Deleted Scenes – A total of seven deleted scenes.
“Every Day” is a film that captures the struggles of today’s American family. From getting older, having to take care of elderly parent(s) and children who become teenagers and that time in you life at your lowest moment in hopes that you will find that shimmer of light, that hope in letting you know that things will be OK.
“Every Day” is one of those films where the writing was solid, the performances were well-done and forget that this a low-budget, independent film…not only did I find it entertaining, I also found it touching because although many American families may not have similar experiences as the family depicted in the film, there are elements in the film that parents, elderly parents, teenagers can easily understand because they have felt the same way.
As a man who is about to approach his 40’s with a family and constantly thinking about the future, what happens to your own parents when they grow older, your children when they become teenagers and also providing for your family, I can understand these characters. And it helps knowing that these elements are not contrived or trying to find some banality of similar type of dysfunctional family films, this is a film that is based on the writer/director’s life.
I’ve known people throughout my life who have had to take care of their elderly parent. For some, it’s not so bad, for others, it became a nightmare. And unfortunately, not everyone can afford to put their parent up in a facility and the demands of doctor’s appointments, medical tests, surgery, etc. is a reality for a lot of people in America. Jeannie’s stressful time of her life is easily understandable.
For Ned, being a husband with a wife who is constantly stressed out and busy with her estranged father, a parent who can’t identify with his gay son… once again, I think it’s a situation that many people can understand.
But I have to say that for an independent, low-budget film, it’s one thing in creating a film in a short time period but to get as many location shots for this film was well-done. “Every Day” may have had a low-budget but it achieves an efficacy that many other similar big-budget films fail to accomplish. Cinematography was very good and performances were great. For the most part, “Every Day” is a film with a storyline that works when it focuses on the family. The only thing that I had small problem with the screenplay is the working relationship with Ned and his boss Garrett. The kind of things that the boss wants Ned to produce for his writing were a bit outrageous and over-the-top. I can see reality TV trying to push the button but for a dramatic TV series, but how realistic was the situation? I don’t know but if Richard Levine has encountered this type of treatment on “Nip/Tuck”, but it makes me wonder how outrageous and out of the box he had to go in writing for that TV series.
Overall, “Every Day” is delightful, touching and enjoyable! Featuring an all-star cast with wonderful writing and magnificent performances, the film will definitely hit home for a lot of parents who are facing many challenges in their own families and are looking for hope. Recommended!
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