Based on Raymond Carver’s short story Why Don’t You Dance?, this debut feature from writer-director Dan Rush marks a change of tone for lead actor Will Ferrell. Although Ferrell has taken dramatic roles before, nothing has matched the pathos of his portrayal of a middle-aged suburban man whose life is crumbling around him. An alcoholic who has slipped off the wagon after six months of sobriety, Nick (Ferrell) is let go from his sales job for a drink-related misdemeanour. Returning home, he finds his wife has left him, changing the locks and throwing his possessions out onto the lawn before she went. Nick’s response is to crack open a beer and bed down amongst the everyday detritus of his life, before discovering that the only way he can be there legally is to hold a yard sale, which buys him a five-day stay of execution. Some help and solace comes from unexpected sources, and there are moments of humour and compassion in Nick’s plight, not least in his encounters with a lonely but savvy kid (CJ Wallace) and a sympathetic new neighbour (Rebecca Hall). But in its unflinching portrayal of a man brought down by his own failings, the film stays close to the spirit of Carver. —Sandra Hebron
Pretty good drama (but not kitchen sink drama) about alcoholics. I fucking love Will Ferrell in just about anything and was not surprised that he could lead a picture like this. Though it was enjoyable and kinda light for the subject matter, that ending was reaaaallly meh, but it hurt just a little. Still a pretty decent film.
I like this Will Ferrelll, this and Stranger than Fiction prove that he is a viable lead when given the right role. It kind of feels like Bad Santa and About Schmidt had a baby and this was the result. I didn't expect such a stark depiction of alcoholism when I started, I'm glad the movie could explore such deep issues as it did while still retaining a large amount of heart.
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Everything Must Go is probably Will Ferrell’s first truly well done film in years. The Other Guys was pretty good, Step Brothers was funny in parts, but this one totally takes the cake for being a… read review