Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Everything Must Go (2010)

Director: Dan Rush

Writers: Dan Rush, Raymond Carver

Composer: David Torn

Starring: Will Ferrell, Chritopher Jordan Wallace, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, Rosalie Michaels, Stephen Root, Laura Dern, Glenn Howerton, Argos MacCallum, Todd Bryant

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Lost is a good place to find yourself

Plot: On the day he's fired from his job in Phoenix - for falling off the wagon and waking up in the hotel room of an associate who files a suit for harassment - Nicholas Halsey comes home to find his stuff on the front lawn, the locks changed, and a farewell note from his wife. With his bank account frozen, his credit cards and phone cancelled, and his company car gone, he takes up residence on the lawn. A cop who's his AA sponsor tells him he can sit there for five days as if it's a garage sale, then he'll face arrest. With help from a chubby kid on a bicycle, a pregnant neighbor, and an old high school acquaintance, Nick goes on a beer-soaked odyssey, from his front-yard easy chair.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

What a nice surprise performance from Ferrell!  This is the best I've seen him.  Just this weekend I watched FUNNY PEOPLE (2009) which had a fine, more dramatic turn for Adam Sandler.  Sure, this wouldn't happen in real life but it'd be nice if it would.  I really dug his relationship with the kid.  It was really touching when he asked Nicholas (Ferrell) if they were friends.  And it's just really nice to see Ferrell play a person that's not a imbecile.  Nicholas is a smart guy who just need to get his shit together.  I'm not a big Ferrell fan (although he was at his comedic best on SNL) but this film pushed me in the right direction enough to give him another shot.  

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