Every Day

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Complicated relationships fail to enliven grown-up drama.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

Amid its mature content, the movie sends the message that although neither life nor marriage is perfect, you have to figure out what you value so that you never lose track of your inner compass.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the characters in this movie have weaknesses and issues. Nevertheless, they all manage to learn life’s lessons ... albeit the hard way.


A man punches another out of jealousy. A college-age guy coerces a teen to take drugs. TV writers discuss how the characters in their show can mutilate other people, using quite graphic terms.


A man and a woman are shown making out and having sex in a pool; nothing below their heads and shoulders is seen, but much is implied. When the woman gets out of the pool, her naked back is briefly seen. A married couple is shown rolling around in bed, kissing.


Frequent use of everything from "f--k" and "s--t" to "goddammit."


Ned drives a Volvo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two people drink wine, smoke weed, and are shown doing lines of cocaine. An invalid gets drunk on gin.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mature family drama centers on a long-married couple facing serious challenges, from intense job pressure to caring for an elderly parent. Meanwhile, their two sons -- including a teenage boy who’s coming to terms with being gay -- are starting to slip through the cracks. The characters are complex (and flawed), and there's a great deal of interpersonal tension. You can also expect some sexual situations, frequent swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and several scenes featuring drinking and drugs (including one sequence in which an older character coerces a teen into taking drugs).

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What's the story?

Ned (Liev Schreiber), a TV writer, is on a bumpy ride: His marriage loses stability after his wife, Jeannie (Helen Hunt), starts caring for her sick father (Brian Dennehy), a jazz musician who's more comfortable doling out criticisms than encouragements. Ned's 15-year-old son, Jonah (Ezra Miller), has just come out, and Ned worries about what the future holds for him. And their younger son, Ethan (Skyler Fortgang), is falling through the cracks. Last but not least, Ned’s boss (Eddie Izzard) is unimpressed by his work and has paired him off with Robin (Carla Gugino), a newly single co-writer who has no hesitation about making it clear that she’s attracted to Ned. Can he and his marriage survive this perfect storm?

Is it any good?

Ned and Jeannie are likable enough, but the movie's anemic build-up doesn’t allow us to invest in their mess-ups and their consequences. When they fail or hurt, we observe it all at a distance. We just expect more from a movie that pairs a ridiculously good cast with a compelling premise about a woman challenged to care for her difficult, ailing father and her husband who can’t quite cope with this sudden shift at home and another seismic one at work. Though laden with dramatic setups, this drama lacks potency and momentum, and in the end doesn’t leave audiences with any reason to care. (Hard to imagine, given that the lead is a man with a job writing for a juicy, absurdist TV show, and his father-in-law is a jazzy hep cat.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays relationships -- between husband and wife, parent and child, siblings, etc. Do they seem realistic? Can you relate to the characters?

  • How does the movie present drug use? What are the consequences for that kind of behavior in real life?

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