'Everything Must Go' is based on a short story by Raymond Carver. The film is directed and adapted for the screen by Dan Rush and stars Will Ferrell as Nick Halsey, a man who's definitely on his way down.
Nick is a career salesman who has always been on the top...but not anymore. The film opens with Nick being fired. If that isn't bad enough, Nick arrives home to find that his wife has changed the locks and thrown all his possessions out on the front lawn. What's a guy to do? Well since Nick is an alcholic, the answer is simple...buy beer...a lot of beer.
So in between guzzling one beer after another, Nick rearranges the furniture on his front lawn and makes himself at home. He watches television, listens to music, and spies on his neighbors.
He also makes two new friends...His next door neighbor, Samantha (Rebecca Hall) a pregnant, lonely housewife. Apparently she's given up her photography career to move to Arizona for her husband's job, but he's no where to be found.
Nick's other friend is a chubby awkward young kid, Kenny (Christopher Jordan Wallace). Nick pays Kenny in beef jerky to watch his stuff while he makes a run to the local liquor store.
'Everything Must Go' is a character study about a man who has everything stripped away and is living in a state of complete despair. And now he must find a way to let go of everything...his wife, his belongings, his old way of life...in order to survive.
I really wanted to like this film. It raises important issues. Everyday people are losing their jobs, their homes and in some cases their families. How does a person start over when everything is gone?
Unfortunately, "Everything Must Go' doesn't delve deep enough into these profound issues. The film stays on one level as does Will Farrell's performance. But, I do respect him for trying something different as an actor.
This is one of those rare times that John and I agree. We both give 'Everything Must Go' a very low bagel rating. The film opens in theaters, Friday May 13, 2011.
*** out of **** "Everything Must Go" is a sweet, funny, and surprisingly engaging drama. Like most of its kind, it gets most of its laughs out of pure humanity, and succeeds due to the honesty in the performances of its cast. Here, you have an intriguing few performers; the star of the lot being Will Ferrell, who doesn't usually do drama. However, maybe you recall his film "Stranger Than Fiction". That, like this film, was different from what he usually does; yet it was appealing … more
Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) is having an incredibly, terrible, bad day. Despite being a model employee while on the job, he's cost the company money because of his alcoholism and after sixteen years is let go from his job. He comes home to find all of his belongings on the front lawn, the locks on the doors have been changed, and the garage key number altered. His wife has left him, leaving just a note and his stuff behind. His credit cards no longer work and his wife has blocked his access from … more
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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