Everything Must Go
(Will Ferrell) is, to put it mildly, having a bad day. After being
fired from his sales job due to his ongoing battle with alcohol, he
returns home to find his wife gone, the locks changed and all his
possessions scattered over the lawn. Furthermore his soon-to-be-ex wife
has frozen his bank accounts and credit card and wants nothing more to
do with him. Living (and drinking) on his front lawn soon grows old,
however, and in an attempt to move on with his life Nick organises a
garage sale, reluctantly selling off his possessions and, with the aid
of a bored local kid and the shapely lass across the street, learning a
thing or two about himself in the process.
I like a
serious Will Ferrell role as much as the next man, but after having seen
him take a tranquiliser dart to the neck in Old School or
attempting to bury John C. Reilly alive in Step Brothers I do
find myself longing for more of the same from Mr Ferrell, even in the
heaviest of roles. Thatís not to say he doesnít pull it off however Ė
as in Stranger Than Fiction Ferrell handles the drama with
panache, and his pain is both believable and moving.
Based on a
short story by Raymond Chandler, Everything Must Go is a
heartfelt and surprisingly touching account of a manís attempt to claw
his way up from rock bottom. Buoyed by a strong supporting cast which
includes Rebecca Hall and Laura Dern, the film is both subtle and
effective, resisting clichť and injecting just the right amount of
sentimentality into proceedings. Itís a deft touch from both Ferrell
and director Dan Rush, and an excellent leading turn from a man not
heretofore well known for his dramatic chops.
theatrical trailer and a smattering of Madman propaganda.