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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.
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…
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…
Will Ferrell gives what is possibly the finest performance of his career, which is a wonderful thing to behold so long as you can get past the movies annoying Indie sensibilities. Elsewhere there are some lovely subtle performances from Laura Dern, Michael Peña and Rebecca Hall, whilst newcomer Christopher Wallace evades the "annoying kid" cliche by adding an "old beyond his years" weight to his performance.
Bittersweet, melancholic but not without a layer of warmth, Everything Must Go isn't exactly an essential watch but you could certainly do a lot worse.
Faint praise? Maybe... but that fucking indie guitar soundtrack will haunt me until sometime next week.
Given that it absolutely reeks of indie sensibility, this one may be entirely unpalatable to those opposed to that breed of brooding soul-searching with a shade of darkness and a tendency toward quirky, even zany, premises. If you can get past that, though, you'll find a nice little drama that, although filled with characters whose similarity in life difficulties is oh-so-convenient, nicely captures a moment of total breakdown. I often feel like the only person in the world who doesn't like Ferrell, so take note when I tell you he's damn good here, giving the performance he seemed to strive for in the underwhelming Stranger Than Fiction. Really strong support comes from the young Wallace, who steals the show at regular intervals. It's very familiar and formulaic, but is that such an awful thing once it's carried with convincing emotion? I think not.
Will Ferrell is very good in a dramatic role that sees him as a struggling alcoholic who has just lost his job. To make matters worse, on the same day, he is locked out of his house by his ex-wife to be and forced to camp out in his front garden with all of his personal possessions. As he befriends a neighborhood boy and a lonely pregnant housewife from across the street, Ferrell's character begins to put his life together again. Very low key production is put together neatly by debuting director Dan Rush.
More drama than comedy, but still funny. Some solid acting by the cast and great work by Will Ferrell. Really dark moments, but strangely hopeful.
Everything is not yet lost.
Including this film.
Will Ferrell gives his best bill murray-esque-down-on-his-luck type of character and actually does a pretty good job but the story has some cracks, the plot is thin and the laughs are few.
Watchable but not very good or memorable. Always interesting to see Will Ferrell dialed down and not trying to be funny.
Even though I kind of agreed to what others were saying about how poorly written this movie is, I still was able to find some really great things about it. Example, Will Ferrell can really switch off the comedy and be an effective dramatic actor (but he has to be given a sarcastic and depressed type of character for him to work his magic). Slow movie but I sure did get the point.
Will Ferrell is FANTASTIC in this - probably his best dramatic performance.
It's so refreshing to see Will Ferrell play a human role rather than a mugging idiot - and he does it very, very well in this understated film about a few really bad days in a superficially successful man's life.
I can't stand Ferrell's usual schtick, but this was good. From what I had read about Ferrell I was pretty sure he had it in him and I'm glad he takes a break from raking in the dough to make something good occasionally. I hope to see more.
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- 12 Angry Men
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Help
- Pure Shit
- Violent Shit
- There Will Be Blood
- Meet the Browns
- Gone In Sixty Seconds
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If you're immature like me, leave a suggestion.
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- Animal Factory
- Being John Malkovich
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