Being a great fan of Carver I had to watch this movie.I think Will Ferrell has been chosen as the main actor because he kind of looks like Carver. The movie has little to do with the short story, the front lawn sale is the only thing in common. This said the movie is not as bad for being a Hollywood production, it tries keeping a genuine touch which is not easy.This might be the reason it wasn't a success in cinemas
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.
Refreshing to see Will Ferrell play a human role rather than a mugging idiot - and he does it 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 from what I had read about him I was pretty sure he was capable of more. I'm glad he takes a break from raking in the dough to make something good occasionally. Hope to see more.
Adapting short stories into feature-length films is a dicey business. Raymond Carver gives this film its hook, and while the multitude of answers the talky characters here provide can't quite match up to his original story's self-confident mystery, there are some terrific scenes scattered throughout, including an ending that worked like a charm for me.
Starts strong, though concept wears thin soon, with Farrell enlivening an otherwise flat line second act. The trouble with good ideas is stamina, that and the tendency for tragedy driven humor to feel like the oddball visiting relatives who don't get the hint it's time to go. Ferrell fans when enjoy the most, see it on a lazy Sunday afternoon with some Pabst Blue Ribbon and roadside mini-mart sundries at the ready.