The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…
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.
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.
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.
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…
This is basically the movie of my life, except I have a part time supermarket job that I was never fired from. And I was never really married, and instead of a front lawn, I have my mom's basement. And instead of a black kid making me breakfast, I have a black cat that pukes on the rug. And I don't really talk to any of my neighbors. He waved hello once, he seems nice. But yeah, basically the story of my life. I'm gonna go take a nap.
Everything Must Go is a meditation on the struggles of the lowly, middle class folk of America. Nick, the film's protagonist, has hit bottom. He's lost his job, his car, his wife, and his money. All he has is his memories and his possessions on his front lawn. He's an alcoholic, not a violent nor aggressive one, but one that has a good heart, making his condition even more sad to see. Through a series of sort-of vignettes, Nick contemplates his position in life. The issues he thinks about aren't full of grandeur nor ground-breaking implications, but they reflect struggles we middle class folk experience daily. Raymond Carver. who wrote the novella that inspired the film, is known for this motif. More notable than anything else, though, is Will Ferrell's performance. He is fantastic, he melds drama and comedy, despair and spite. His performance shows real depth, and is a marvel to watch.
Everything Must Go, Starring Will Ferrell. This film is unique on its own standards, it has sound plot and acceptable performance from Will Ferrel. He has shown that he cannot be blocked inside the circle of comedy-roles but he can also outshine dramatically, like he did in Stranger Than Fiction along-side of Dustin Hoffman. Film sends pure and understandable message out to audience, which I think is what every ordinary man or woman might be experiencing on the face of this earth, but how to face it; is another thing, which thanks to Will, he is there to let us know.
After Nick is fired from his sales job, mostly because of his penchant for alcohol, he comes home and finds that his wife has kicked him and all of his stuff out of the house and onto the front lawn. He is pretty intent on just sitting in his chair, drinking beer, on the lawn. His cop friend, Frank Garcia, thinks he should at least pretend to have a yard sale to make it legal. He slowly starts making friends with a neighborhood kid who needs something to do, and a pregnant wife who has just moved in across the street, and Nick finds himself moving on and selling all his stuff.
The film is a perfect vehicle for Will…
Will Ferrell tends to play very likable characters, and here he doesn't, and he is quite good in the film. Its a simple film that is carried by Ferrell and some good supporting characters/performances. It doesn't really have a whole lot else going for it other than seeing Ferrell stretch a bit.
Nick, an alcoholic, is thrown out of his own house by his wife and must learn to pick up his life by throwing out his old ways, selling his old stuff and start his new life by cleaning himself up. Highly recommended.
really ferrell needs a better director, like adam sandler had with paul thomas anderson in "punch drunk love", but this is a nice attempt to get an actor out of his comfort zone. it's a nicely low key script too, which allows the focus to remain on the cast. ferrell is no revelation but it is nice to see him channelling his eccentricities into muted despair...
I’ve always enjoyed it when actors break rank and do indie films that allow them to stretch and or portray someone totally different from their “brand”. That Will Farrell gives it a go in this little film surprises the heck out of me; quite a pleasant surprise as I’ve never been a fan of his over the top, loud, brand of comedy.
Billed as a “comedy/drama” this film isn’t really much of a comedy at all (in fact the only overtly “funny” moment isn’t funny – involving a series of “yo mamma’s so fat” jokes. But as a quiet drama and a character study – the film is really quite solid.
Director/ screenwriter (adapting a short story), Dan Rush, shows…
Pretty slow and sad. Will Ferrell isn't being his usual comedic self, but it doesn't really feel like he's acting that much either.
I thought this was a comedy cos' Will Ferrell is in it. In the process I discovered that it is a drama (with a little comic situations), a real life one. Wasn't easy to make entire movie based on a short story, but they did the best job possible!
I hope this is not the story of my future life, because in many ways I identify with the character of Will Ferrell, especially that take a lot of beer throughout the day.
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