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.
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…
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 surprisingly dull in these quasi comedies he has done in the last couple of years. It's not that he's bad. He's always got a knack for realisitically speaking, and has a good presence. I think the problem is I expect will Ferrell as will Ferrell and when he does these roles he's obviously trying to escape those traps. I applaud him for it. But it's kinda like Michael Jordan playing baseball. We all respect the man, he's accomplished everything he could have, but I mean it's not his sport.
That being said, I enjoyed this movie. It's nothing new but it's entertaining and fun. The alcoholism is kinda lame, no movies really accomplish that in a realistic…
The December Project Movie 36:
Will Ferrell is amazing, he is such a talented actor, I don't know why he wastes his time with cheap comedys.
This starts out quite sad, with everybody unnecessarily being a dick to Ferrell, he finds himself fired and kicked out of his house with all of his belongings on te front lawn.
He sets about selling everything with the help of Christopher Wallace.
The story is interesting and good to watch, but Will Ferrell is genuinely so amazing, I want more of Ferrell like this and less of shit like Step Brothers.
No. Nope. This movie cheats everywhere it can.
First, the trailer sells it as some kind of lighthearted tale of misfortune or at best a dark comedy, but this shit is bleak (American bleak, which is depressing and might make you cry, as opposed to European bleak, which immobilizes you with fear and hopelessness). Bad turn upon bad turn pile up on Nick, who doesn’t handle his circumstances well, but who also doesn’t go anywhere. He just sits in his depressing bullshit life and has a series of encounters that don’t mean anything.
Which brings me to second: the film wastes golden opportunities for interesting storytelling. The man is stuck outside on his lawn, going through the worst crisis of…
I originally dropped this halfway through, but its the December challenge so I guess I have to grow a pair and finish shitty movies for this month.
It's a weird feeling to say Will Ferrell's acting is the best part of the film, especially when he isn't particularly good. I like him a lot in select comedic roles, but he isn't the greatest actor. Here he really has the rugged, broken look down. There's nothing for him to do with it though. The script isn't funny, dramatic, heartwarming or anything. It's just there, the most bland film you could come up with. Even a super cliche "man comes to terms with different facets of his life through parting with shit" story would have been better than what was presented here
That wasn't really what I expected... I wish I saw more better performances from Will Ferrell. Step Brothers was probably the worst acting I have seen from him before. But, I enjoyed this film. It is nothing new but it is entertaining and fun.
Plot: 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.
Everything Must Go is one of those films that more people should check out.
A bit saccharine but enjoyable. I prefer Will Farrell serious to Will Farrell comedy.
It was an interesting film but it didn't really grab me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some people might say that they didn't like this movie because it was more of a drama and not the usual balls to the wall Will Ferrell comedy. That's not me! One of my favourite Will Ferrell movies is "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006). But GODDAMN IT this movie was boring as hell.
While the actors do a damn fine job, the drama was so unbearably contrived. That dude gets kicked out of his own house and doesn't do damn thing about it? I know it plays on him being an alcoholic but it never dares to go dark enough to be believable that his alcoholism could cause all of his problems.
The worst idea was to watch this directly after "Away we go" (2009).
In Everything Must Go Will Ferrell plays a somewhat affable alcoholic whose life is falling apart due to a recent relapse. Netflix and other places have defined this as a "comedy drama" but frankly speaking there is no real comedy in this and Ferrell plays a straight dramatic role. He absolutely kills his part and I wish he had more roles like this. Ferrell just excels at playing the everyman with issues in a sympathetic manner. Though the underlying material is somewhat hokey you really feel for him as he begins to understand that he needs to make a break with his current identity to overcome his alcoholism.
La fórmula del perdedor autista está terriblemente desgastada. Creo que ya todos los papeles los hizo Paul Giamatti. Sin embargo, Will Ferrell logra sacar un par de buenas risas y ay, pobrecitos.
El tipo se queda sin trabajo y su mejor amigo le roba a la esposa, pero al más puro estilo hollywoodense, conoce a un chavito y a una vecina embarazada que le ayudan a descubrir cosas de sí mismo que había olvidado o que ignoraba.
Apparently I subconsciously decided that my day off today would be spent watching dark indie comedies. Not that it's a bad thing, as I rather enjoyed myself. And I really enjoyed Everything Must Go. I was surprised with how much I distanced Will Ferrell's Nick from his past comedic roles. I've never been that sold on Ferrell as a dramatic actor, but he's really convinced me here, and the film reflects that. It's funny without really going for laughs, and it's touching without ever being over-dramatic. Does that make sense? Eh, whatever. I liked this movie
This was way more bland that I thought it was going to be.