WILL FERRELL MICHAEL PENA REBECCA HALL LAURA DERN
EVERYTHING MUST GO
In the past few years, the once box office topping comedian Will Ferrell has seen a huge decline from his films, as a new breed of comedy rules the roost. Ferrell once again turns to a dark comedy script in an attempt to ignite a different career path. Stranger Than Fiction and Winter Passing were two other quasi-successful attempts at something new, but with Everything Must Go, Ferrell is a complete bore. Based on true events, this story is traditional in the fact that it revolves around a man hopelessly trying to get his life back on track. However, Ferrell has never been an actor who could portray a character the audience can care about.
Losing his job of sixteen years would just be the first blow; when Nick Halsey (Ferrell) comes home from work, he finds all his belongings out on the lawn and the house locks have been changed with a note from his wife. A recovering alcoholic, Nick instantly returns to the booze, while his company care is also taken from him. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, he sits on his lawn in the recliner and drinks himself into oblivion. His detective friend Frank (Pena) allows him three more days to clean up his act and figure things out. With pity from a new neighbor (Hall) and the help from a young boy looking for a role model, Nick slowly begins to sell all of his things.
Not quite a two hour yard sale, but it’s close. If you are a typical Will Ferrell fan you will be bored to tears with watching him restrain himself from the slapstick comedy he is known for. If you don’t like Ferrell, you will still be unimpressed with his lack of talent here. Ferrell portrays Nick as if short sentences and a pouty lip is the extent of being serious. Everything Must Go proves one thing, and it's that Ferrell hides behind the antics in order to make money as an “actor”.
The film runs too long without much to say. The one scene that has any vibration to it occurs when Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Town) and Ferrell have words on his lawn after some hurtful truths surface. It is a sad story of a sad drunk and apparently first time director Dan Rush thought he could make it funny in a dark way. Everything is wrong about this film: the tone, the casting and the idea that an audience might find this story amusing, heartfelt or inspirational. I think at this point, the best anyone could hope for would be a “hrm” at the end.
Final Thought – Everything must go including Ferrell.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody