‘Every Day’ Movie Review

Every Day

Every Day

There’s more obvious intention than irony in the title of “Every Day.” The lives lived within the film are the sort of lives played out by people everywhere, daily, though the equations are altered.

Written and directed by Richard Levine, the creator of “Nip/Tuck,” the film has Liev Schreiber as Ned, the weary but willing father of two sons, husband to a vaguely dissatisfied wife —- played by Helen Hunt —- and slave to an eccentric boss (Eddie Izzard). Ned is a television writer, but his storylines are always too tame for his go-for-it employer. There is also the co-worker who keeps making more-than-gentle hints concerning what she wants from Ned.

Much of Ned’s drama plays out at home, though. His wife, Jeannie, already distancing herself, has little choice but to bring her long-estranged father in to live with the family. Ernie, played by Brian Dennehy, is no mountain of merriment, though he is large. It will be no easy task for father and daughter to forgive and forget concerning past family arguments, but they must try.

Meanwhile, Ned must go with the program. He’s also dealing with the fact his well-adjusted oldest son is gay, though situations with that outside the home demand Ned stay strong and loyal. It’s all not very easy for him, the quiet at the center of a consistent familial storm.

“Every Day” is a smart entity that also feels familiar as a basic family drama with humor. It’s not easy to devise “American Beauty”-styled originality when dealing with family sagas, but Levine makes what he can from the dynamic, and there are some thoughtful and entertaining moments, even if a little light in content and delivery. Certainly, it’s relatable for most people on some level, both the good and bad. “Every Day” opens Friday at the Reading Gaslamp Cinemas in downtown San Diego.

“Every Day”

2 & 1/2 (out of four)


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