Films that I consider to be underrated, underseen, or unfairly judged by critics and/or the general viewing public.
Everything Must Go
Lost is a good place to find yourself
When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Great performance from Ferrell, that's all that really need's to be said about a movie like this, check it out.
Many comedians have managed to effortlessly transition into more dramatic roles by finding the pathos behind the smiles. Nearly all of the big Hollywood comics have at some point successfully dabbled in more serious and demanding projects, all except one: Will Ferrell. Despite the cloying, Stranger than Fiction, he has firmly stuck to broader comedic films, the more absurd his man-child persona is the more critically and commercially successful the films seem to be. Everything Must Go is his first real foray into dramatic-comedy territory and sadly the experiment isn’t wholly successful.
Some of the problems are down to the casting as Ferrell never truly convinces as an ordinary man in crisis but most are down to the lacklustre script…
I had been looking forward to this one for quite a while. I'm a fan of the cast and I am generally a sucker for a quirky indie dramedy, but Everything Must Go just falls flat on its face.
I think the cast was let down by some poor writing; the only one who was able to bring anything to the flaccid dialogue was Laura Dern. The brief scenes with Ferrell and Dern were great, but there was nowhere near enough of her and we had to spend the rest of our time languishing in a boring, beige world with middling, milquetoast characters.
I give it a small amount of credit for not going exactly where I thought it would at the end, but aside from that I was just happy I did not end up being bludgeoned to death by blandness because it sure felt like it was going to end that way for most of the 97 minutes.
This is one of those films that is just made to make you smile.
It just about delivers.
Based on a short story, Everything Must Go, for large parts doesn't really go anywhere. It strays intermittently into a few rather aimless sub-plots, and is just a tad to meandering. Just when you think it has been stretched just a bit too far it ends, and you are left with the rather satisfying feeling that you could quite happily spend much more time with these characters.
This is mainly down to Will Ferrell. Who is never going to be an amazing actor, but he has one of those faces. A face that fits a film like this. We can see what he is feeling from the expression on his face. Not too many expressions mind, but enough.
Everything Must Go is a very indie movie. And certainly one of the better ones.
Another "serious role" for Will Ferrell comes up trumps in this little movie which I really enjoyed. Whilst the high concept of Stranger than Fiction was fun, this is the other end of the spectrum, a bloke is made redundant on the same day he's kicked out of his own home, his company car is taken off him and his credit cards are blocked. Hopelessly a slave to beer, he's got nothing else to do but live on the lawn of his own home for a few days and figure out what his options are.
Will drinks beer, strikes up a fun friendship with a local kid who relentlessly rides his bike, and tries to figure out just…
¨Do you know what the rate of success is for marriage when one person sobers up, but the other one doesn`t?¨
Will Ferrell stars in this fantastic comedy slash drama, but this isn't the typical Ferrell comedy where we see him screaming all over the screen. This time he plays a quiet and sad alcoholic, and it`s perhaps one of his best performances to date. Everything Must Go was a really pleasant surprise for me; it reminded me a lot of 2008`s film The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins. Will Ferrell gives a very similar and quiet performance. Nothing really happens in the movie, but it`s the relationship between the characters that carries the film to a higher ground. This is…
A rare serious role for Ferrell. Nice to see that side of his acting skills. Not an absolutely amazing film but definitely worth a watch. Some moments of comedy and was enjoyable to see the relationship between Ferrell's character and the child.
#331. A really good movie about an alcoholic struggling to get his life back together when everything falls apart. This was billed as a comedy for some reason. It is not a comedy.
A depressing tale of a man with too much shit on his lawn.
Still my favorite Will Ferrell movie.
A good performance from Ferrell. It was nice to see him in a role that was still funny, but had a seriousness to it. Not the usual dopey role such as Step Brothers or Anchorman.
Overall its a good watch. I found myself saying, just break the damn window, you own the house too... but then you wouldn't have a movie. A few good plot twists as well.
Never seen Will get to this level. This is without doubt his best performance.
they say every man needs protection
they say that every man must fall
Pretty solid Ferrell film where he loses his job and comes home to all his stuff on the lawn, the house all locked up. We never see, only briefly hear his wife, so we know nothing that happened to push her to this.
I will say, if they wanted us to side with the wife, Ferrell wasn't set up to be hated enough for that. If anything, you come away thinking she was the scumbag.
I really liked the chemistry between Ferrell and the kid that helps him sell his stuff. Dern was pretty much wasted in a one scene role....the only time I felt the film went off the tracks.
Hall is okay, but that too felt under developed. I kept thinking that subplot would go somewhere that it never did.
I also didn't care much for the ending.
The film is best when Ferrell is just living his life on the front lawn.
I know, I know. Will Ferrell is in a non-comedic film! Wow, who cares? Everything Must Go is boring at best; Will Ferrel should stick to what he does best.
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