The characters in the TV-influenced indie domestic drama Every Day are intrusively colorful, including a husband and dad (Liev Shreiber) with an office job as a scriptwriter for a notoriously raunchy TV series, and a mom (Helen Hunt) who is a dead ringer for an older, tireder Jamie Buchman from Mad About You. There’s also a precociously self-composed, gay teenaged son (Ezra Miller), a mean, ailing, pee-stained grandpa (Brian Dennehy), and a sexy office temptress (Carla Gugino) who lives in enviable, responsibility-free luxury.
The specific troubles of this unhappy family are, on the other hand, colorless — not so much explored as presented and resolved like a shopping list: It’s tough to maintain a loving marriage, it’s tough to handle sexual temptation, it’s tough to be a good parent or a good adult child, etc. As an unintended result, the movie makes it more difficult than it ought to be for its intended audience to empathize with the very real stresses of a middle-aged Sandwich Generation. (The charming, self-aware gay teen, embraced by his family and having fun at his gay prom is, at least, a poster kid for an enlightened adolescent experience.) Dad’s supposedly cool, but actually off-putting showbiz career and work environment (Eddie Izzard plays his boss) is better understood knowing that Every Day is a first-time feature project written and directed by TV’s Nip/Tuck and Scoundrels executive producer Richard Levine. C+